Mirundi: Land grabs show Museveni has failed

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Amuru residents block minister Amongi from surveying their land

Outspoken presidential advisor on media matters, Tamale Mirundi, says the current land grabbing sagas are meant to portray his boss, President Yoweri Museveni, as a failure.

Mirundi’s remarks came after the national army deployed soldiers to reinforce police in Amuru district where women stripped naked and barred Lands minister, Betty Amongi, from surveying land.

Government allocated over 10,000 hectares of land for Madhvani Group to be used for a sugarcane plantation and a factory.

When Amongi visited the area last week, she was met with angry women who undressed themselves, burned logs and blocked roads threatening to lynch her.

Kilak County MP, Gilbert Olanya, had earlier said the security forces were harassing and beating up residents to give up their land.

“If you want to get land for development, showcase the progress from where it was to the present status,” Mirundi said on Tuesday while appearing on NBS television.

He said it is only a fool who repeats the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

According to him, the problem isn’t the law, the problem is manipulating the law.

“I told you that President Museveni helped us build institutions, instead of consolidating them. We are busy stealing from them for our own good,” Mirundi noted.

He added: “The rampant land evictions are political, it shows President Museveni has failed.”

On Monday, Lira Municipality Member of Parliament, Jimmy Akena Obote, was booed at the Uganda Technical College, Lira Town, as Lango Parliamentary Group sought people’s views on the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017.

The government recently introduced a proposal to amend Article 26 of the 1995 Constitution to facilitate government acquire land without being delayed by compensation bureaucracy.

Akena was trying to explain the merits of the amendment, hundreds of people who felt the area legislator was not making sense in his presentation shouted him down.

The land amendment bill is being marketed by Akena’s wife, Amongi, the Lands, Housing and Urban Development minister.

Earlier, radio personality Mivule Basajja and NRM youth leader, David Kabanda, suggested that President Museveni gives investors his own land and stop harassing citizens.

They pointed out the fact that the president has large chunks of land in Kisozi Gomba district which he can give out for a sugarcane plantation.

In 2007, Museveni tried to give away part of Mabira forest to Mehta family sparking off protests that caused the death of an Indian national.

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