FDC presidential candidate on Tuesday sympathised with Lands minister, Aidah Nantaba, for daring to take on land grabbers in Kayunga district all by herself.
Observing that Kayunga was “tired” of the regime, Besigye said land grabbing was countrywide, deliberate and planned to impoverish and rule over Ugandans indefinitely.
He promised to review land laws, especially on titled land and improving on land literacy.
He called for a moratorium on titling disputed lands and a countrywide inquiry into land grabbing.
“Those grabbing land in Kayunga are the same people doing it in Acholi, Lango, Karamoja and Bunyoro,” he said.
He added: “Nantaba thought she would deal with land thieves in Kayunga because she didn’t understand the system.”
The troubled Lands state minister said she was planning to flee Uganda and go into exile following an incident in which her convoy was stoned in Kirindi village in Nazigo Sub–county, Kayunga District.
Angry residents accused Nantaba of interfering in their issues.
Her anti–land–grabbing stance created for her enemies even in government.
“The land grabbers I am fighting are fellow [Cabinet] ministers, army generals or senior police officers. Currently, all the guns are in Kayunga to ensure that I don’t retain my parliamentary seat,” she regretted.
Nantaba had to also quit the ruling party after losing the Kayunga District NRM chairperson seat to Moses Karangwa in a poll she claimed was rigged.
She says land grabbers are now plotting to have her lose the Kayunga Woman MP seat [she is running as an independent].
As if that was not enough, the NRM electoral commission chairman, Tanga Odoi, accused her of disrupting the party’s primaries in Luzira threatening to have her arrested.
According to Tanga, Nantaba was involved in commandeering election ballot papers from the EC command centre in Luzira using a racket of fraudsters.
Nantaba refused to apologise and instead appealed to the president to send Tanga back to Makerere university so he can “eat more chalk”.
“H.E should return Tanga Odoi to Makerere and teach history or else he is going take the party to the drains. He knows nothing apart from teaching history,” she said.
She said Tanga will not manage issues of politics and may end up failing the ruling party.