Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa has said Government has no intentions of withdrawing the Constitution Amendment Bill (2017), which seeks to amend Article 26, to provide for compulsory government acquisition of private land.
Nankabirwa communicated the government position while addressing press at the Office of the President on the resolutions that the NRM caucus took while meeting President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday.
The Chief Whip conceded that the bill has faced a lot of resistance from both government and opposition side, which she however, attributed to deliberate efforts by some people to misinform the public on the bill.
“The bill is brought with a good intention to save government time and money; our role is to correct the lies by those who are deliberately misinforming Ugandans; who are quicker, louder, don’t care and have no shame,” Nankabirwa said.
Telling government to simply cower and drop the bill, she said, was like telling them to wind up and give up on governance.
Nankabirwa noted that government is aware that almost all the bills that touch the social establishment meet resistance.
She gave an example of the Traditional Leaders’ Bill (2010) which was very controversial especially in Buganda yet still government stood its ground.
“We can’t just withdraw because of a shadow, because the negativity is due to some people that have done it deliberately and it is our role to tell the truth.”
Nankabirwa revealed that the NRM Caucus resolved to uphold three major issues that should be maintained in the bill if it is to be successfully passed into law.
That is the principle of prompt compensation prior to compulsory takeover of land, delaying of government projects during the process of acquiring land and depositing the money after being established by the government valuer to the affected person and not court as earlier suggested.