Government Chief Whip Hon Ruth Nankabirwa yesterday refuted claims that there has been censorship of listeners who call in during President Yoweri Museveni’s land campaign on radio stations to clarify on the controversial Land Amendment Bill (2017).
President Museveni last week in Kabale kicked off a nationwide campaign to drum support of the largely unpopular bill.
Reports emerged later however, that at some radio stations, listeners critical of the amendment were not allowed by program hosts to address the president.
The government whip however, denied these reports as false yesterday while addressing press at the President’s Office in Kampala.
“No one can do such a thing, the public must understand that calling and going through during radio programs isn’t all that easy,” she said.
“There are several times I have tried and given up during certain programs; the daily callers have learnt a tactic that allows them go through,” Nankabirwa said.
President Museveni is on record, urging radio stations not to host people especially politicians who come to speak ill of the Land Amendment.
Meanwhile, Nankabirwa during the press conference revealed that the NRM Parliamentary Caucus will convene next week on Monday to receive a report from the committee that was set up to carry out investigations on the Land Amendment Bill.
When the bill — which is intended to allow government to compulsorily acquire private land without prior compensation — faced a lot of resistance from both sides of the isle in Parliament, the party members resolved to retreat and find workable solutions.
The Chief whip convened a caucus meeting which was chaired by the President Museveni at State House Entebbe, which resolved to set up a committee to study and harmonize the different views of legislators and members and the public on the amendment of Article 26 of the constitution.
The committee was headed by the Vice President Edward Ssekandi with the Minister of Lands, Betty Amongi, and Minister for Constitutional Affairs, and the Attorney General. Other Members included; Gaster Muyoga, Denis Obua, Bitangalo, Robinah Rwakojo, Bikyetero and Jackson Kafuuzi Karugaba.
Nankabirwa told reporters that the committee was given only two weeks which have ended.
“I will call for the caucus meeting on Monday now that the period that was given to the committee to report back to the caucus is done,” she said.
Museveni is this evening expected to climax the land campaign with a Press Conference at State House in Entebbe.