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Ntagali, Rugunda Disagree on Land Amendment

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Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and Archbishop Stanley Ntagali at the Kigezi Diocese Centenary celebrations

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda has joined political and church leaders that are opposed to the amendment Article 26, warning members of parliament to be careful with land issues.

Bishop Ntagali yesterday opposed the land amendment bill and accused legislators of failure to fight against greedy land grabbers across the country.

The bishop questioned why MPs have been silent on rich people grabbing people’s land and selling government land, only to focus on the land that belongs to locals.

Ntagali believes that the land amendment will put strain on the poor while favoring the rich.

The archbishop was delivering a sermon at St. Peters Cathedral Rugarama in Kabale, as the Kigezi Diocese celebrated its golden jubilee.

Under the current provision in Article 26 of the Constitution, provides for the right of persons to own property and how it can be acquired by government.

However, the proposed amendment gives government powers for compulsory acquisition of land if the owner rejects the valuation, which would allow the project to precede pending resolution of the dispute in court.

In his response however, the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, who represented President Museveni, insisted that article 26 needs to be amended because the government has been facing setbacks while implementing infrastructure projects where owners of land demand for too much compensation.

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