Democratic Party President Norbert Mao accuses government of trying to remove a vital clause that protects citizens against unlawful land acquisition.
Appearing on NBS TV political programme “NBSFrontline”, Mao cited the Shimoni land investor who abandoned the project because he saw the tears of those pupils.
According to Mao, President Museveni has put Hon. Betty Amongi on a landmine when he handed her the lands docket.
“If she is a Catholic, she should start wearing three rosaries. I am one of those who will resist this amendment. People don’t trust this government.”
Amongi who was recently appointed the Lands minister said the land amendment proposal will first undergo consultation.
“We want to serve Ugandans better. Currently, we are being hampered hence the need for the proposed land amendment.”
She said the process of government acquiring private land for government programmes is cumbersome.
“We want to change this. Currently, even if one owner refuses perhaps because they don’t want to shift a grave, the government programme stalls.”
Amongi notes that under proposed land amendment, landowners unhappy with value can go to court but land will continue.
She is positive the proposal will benefit the people because it is not touching ownership but rather, compensation.
“Consultation will be done and MPs will debate about this proposed land amendment.”
But former Ethics and Integrity minister Hon. Miria Matembe insists: “If we were dealing with a government we trust, especially in regards to land, this proposed land amendment would be fine.”
She says many government officials are responsible for the land grabbing incidents in Uganda.
“When Mr Museveni gave Betty Amongi the lands ministry, I knew her exit had arrived.”