Museveni in radio drive to secure private land

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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has embarked on a nationwide radio campaign that is aimed at getting views of the people about land and educating them on the proposed Land Amendment Bill 2017.

According to the Presidential Press secretary, Don Wanyama, the president will be traversing the country talking about issues on land and the proposed Land Amendment Bill 2017, because the question of land has become a contentious issue in Uganda.

Government last month tabled the land amendment bill that seeks to amend Article 26 of the Constitution for compulsory acquisition of private land by the government before compensation, for government projects.

However the bill was opposed by the Parliament’s committee on legal and parliamentary affairs, saying it is unnecessary.

The MPs noted that it is not necessary to amend the Constitution for the provision, but rather establishment of a lands tribunal to deal with land disputes and related matters which may affect government projects.

The bill has also attracted wide condemnation from the public, including religious leaders and civil society organizations among others.

Mid this year President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni instituted a land commission headed by the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire to look into issues of land in the country.

Wanyama says that President intends to traverse all regions in the country conducting radio programmes, educating the public on the issues of land and the land amendment bill.

According to Wanyama, the President, who will be hosted on Voice of Kigezi FM from 7:00pm up to 9:00pm, will tomorrow have another radio programme in Mbarara before heading to Rwenzori region.

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