Gen Otafiire dodges Legal Committee of Parliament
The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Rtd Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire has skipped today’s Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs sitting sitting on land amendment under unclear circumstances.
The Minister together with Betty Amongi of Lands, Housing and Urban Development were expected to defend their quest for Constitutional Amendment before the committee.
However, only Ms Amongi and the deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana showed up.
Government wants Parliament to amend Article 26 of the Constitution to create room for compulsory acquisition of land by both the central and local government.
The Bill currently before Parliament’s Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs has so far attracted public rejection, with government taking to the defensive to calm public fears.
The bill seeks “to empower Government or a local Government to take possession of the property upon depositing the compensation awarded for the property with court, pending determination by the court of the disputed compensation amount; [and] to give the owner of property or person having any interest in or right over the property the right to access the deposited compensation awarded at any time during the dispute resolution process.”