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Opposition to Jointly Launch Land Campaign in Masaka Tomorrow

Winnie Kizza and Francis Zaake of Mityana Municipality

The entire opposition leadership and membership in Parliament have concluded to launch a campaign against the Land Amendment Bill in Masaka town on Friday.

Addressing journalists at Parliament on Thursday, the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kizza said they are joining Masaka Municipality MP, Mathias Mpuga to tell the local population that the new law is in bad faith.

“We need the population to know that the new law being proposed is not in the best of their interest but to make it easy for their land being taken by government and local government,” she said.

Ms. Kiiza accused President Museveni of bringing the amendment to have more powers over land before he secures himself “life presidency”.

“Mr. Museveni now wants the last power in his hands to grab our land. After lifting the age limit and becoming life president, Museveni wants to be in charge of everything.”

The opposition is to hold public discourse in 21 major towns starting with the South central district tomorrow and Kampala and Wakiso districts. The areas to be engaged in Kampala include the contentious Kasokoso in Kiira Municipality.

The government through the Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana last week introduced on the floor of Parliament, Bill to amend article 26 of the Constitution to give government powers of compulsory acquisition of land for infrastructure development.

The Bill however faced resistance from the both sides (opposition and NRM) of the house.

The Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga who was chairing the house, referred the Bill to the committee of Legal Affairs under the leadership of Jacob Oboth Oboth, to scrutinize it.

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