Former Ethics and Integrity minister, Miria Matembe, claims to possess first hand testimonies from residents of Kitgum district accusing a minister of plotting to grab their land.
Citing a case of growing impunity, Matembe said Henry Oryem Okello, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs (International Affairs), has been harassing women in Kitgum in a move to steal their land and build a barracks.
“Women of Kitgum told me that Hon. Okello Oryem wants to forcefully grab land their land to construct a barracks,” Matembe said on Thursday night while discussing the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017 on NBS TV “Frontline” programme.
We were unable to get a comment from the minister.
Meanwhile, Matembe said she was happy and even MPs for “seeing sense” and rejecting the land bill.
“I’m sure they have been keeping their eyes awake. Once we picked multi-party system of governance, then the movement system was supposed to go in abeyance.”
On the lifting of the presidential age limit clause, Matembe advised the president to appeal to his sense of shame and retire.
“A leader must have a sense of shame. President Museveni said someone above 75 years is not good enough. The original terms of constitutional review didn’t include the clause of changing term limits but they connived and changed it.”
She added: “I know of a scheme which is coming. This one is going to have lawyers; one of them is Philip Engulu.”
Nakifuuma MP, Robert Ssekitoleko Kafeero who was present on the show, said they will convince the president that this land bill will not cure the cause.
“President Museveni is a very understanding leader; when people object, he listens.”
On the age limit bill, Kafeero said he has never pronounced him on the matter and that he was only supporting lifting age of judicial officers.
Charles Odongtho: What is your stand on age limit?
Kafeero: The popular view of the people will be my stand. Whereas everything is clear, there is a huge section of Ugandans who still think we should amend Article 102(b).