Chaos broke out in the Parliament’s Committee of Legal Affairs on Tuesday during the beginning of the scrutiny of contentious land amendment Bill.
Trouble started in the committee when the Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana said all “sane” Ugandans should support the amendment seeking to give powers to the government to compulsorily acquire land for public projects.
“Members this Bill is for the good of our country, seeks a win-win situation for both the government and land owners and I expect all sane Ugandans to support it,” Mr. Rukutana said.
His remarks sparked protests from the Members of Parliament who angrily said that Rukutana meant they are mad since they are opposing the Bill.
“Mr. Chairman, order, order, the Attorney General should stop categorizing some of us opposing this Bill as mad people. It’s an insult and we can’t take it,” MP Rwakafuuzi Jackson said.
Other members including for Kampala Central, Mohammed Nsereko, Birikwa Mukitale, Shadow Attorney General Vincent Niwagaba joined Rwakafuuzi to demand that Rukutana apologizes and withdraw his statement.
The committee chairman, Jacob Oboth-Oboth laboured to calm the committee room.