Museveni to Meet NRM MPs over ‘Land Acquisition’ Bill
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Members of Parliament have been summoned to State House Entebbe to discuss the proposed constitutional amendment on government acquisition of land.
The invitation is carried in a message sent to the MPs by the Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa. The MPs are scheduled to meet President Yoweri Museveni today, Wednesday at 2pm.
Solomon Silwany, the vice chairperson of the NRM parliamentary caucus confirmed to URN the scheduled meeting.
“We have a Caucus meeting tomorrow. We are going to discuss and conclude the proposed amendment because Members of Parliament have disagreed on a number of issues,” said Silwany.
He noted that the meeting is expected to find a way forward on the matter.
Government recently tabled before parliament the Constitutional Amendment bill 2017 seeking to amend Article 26 of the Constitution to allow for compulsory acquisition of land by the government before settling compensation disputes.
However, the proposed amendment continues to attract opposition from sections of the public including cultural leaders, religious leaders, and politicians among others.
The consideration of the proposed amendment has also failed to progress with the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafire asking parliament’s Legal Committee for more time to consult cabinet.
Some NRM MPs are openly opposed to the proposed amendment.
Kibalya also expressed reservations on the proposal of depositing money set by the chief government valuer in court in case of a dispute saying that government valuers cannot be trusted.
“So leaving Ugandans in the hands of the government valuers is really not fair,” said Kibalya.
James Waluswaka, the Bunyole West MP also said he will strongly oppose the proposed amendment in the scheduled meeting.