Members of that National Resistance Movement (NRM) Parliamentary caucus have Wednesday met President Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe over the proposed Land Amendment Bill of 2017.
The contentious bill that has faced resistance from even members of the ruling party, seeks to amend Article 26 of the Uganda Constitution that provides for prior, fair and prompt compensation before land acquisition.
Government argues that speculators have often stalled government projects by asking for huge compensations hence the need for the amendment.
Kasanda North MP Simeo Muwanga Nsubuga, before retreating to State House, called upon government to set up a commission for fair and prompt land compensation.
“We know the problems affecting our people in as far as land is concerned; so don’t expect us to agree in this current state of affairs of the amendment bill; there are issues that must be catered for,” Nsubuga said.
Nsubuga noted that several issues must be addressed in the amendment, which include protection of religious institutions’ land despite the kind of the government project.
“As we are going, people should have confidence and trust in us that we shall not let them down as far as this bill is concerned,” Nsubuga observed.
Meanwhile, Kabula MP James Kakooza who is an Independent NRM leaning said that he will be informing the president about the reservations that the public has got with the amendment.
Kakooza believes that the meeting in Entebbe will not change the views of the people and MPs that the bill will not solve current land problems.
“So many bills; 70 – 80 percent have been amended once subjected to Parliament. Any bill by government is subject to amendment so long as it is tabled to members who amend it basing on the current problems.”
The parliamentary legal and parliamentary affairs committee is set to hold a press conference tomorrow morning on the progress of the bill after it gave government two weeks to rethink its provisions.