Kabarole MPs Shun Consultative Meeting on Land Acquisition
Members of Parliament from Kabarole district yesterday shunned a consultative meeting to discuss the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017.The consultative meeting organized by Kabarole Research and Resource Centre and the Tooro Elders Forum was supposed to be attended by all the area MPs. However only Sylvia Rwabwogo, the Woman MP Kabarole district attended the meeting. She was joined by Muwanga Kivumbi, the MP Butambala and Robert Centenary for Kasese Municipality.
The now controversial bill seeks to amend Article 26 of the Constitution to allow for compulsory acquisition of land by the government before compensation land owners.During the consultative meeting, the amendment Bill was rejected by members of the public who argued that it was a ploy by government to steal their land.
Presenting the views on behalf of the people of Tooro, Fr. Pascal Kabura, a member of the Tooro Elders Forum said that Article 26 in its current state protects the rights of individual property owners and if amended, it will trim the powers of the property owners.