President Museveni boldly defended the government proposal to amend the new Land Act  in Amuru District on Thursday.
The president spoke out on the issue while campaigning for NRM flag bearers for Omoro District Woman MP, Ms Catherine Lamwaka, and the LC5 chairperson, Mr Stephen Odong Latek whose election is scheduled for August 29th.
The president refuted the fact that the amendment is a strategy for government to grab land as alleged by some politicians in the country.
“When government brings good ideas that fasten infrastructure development like road construction, they say I want to grab land,” the President said.
He revealed that he wanted to upgrade Acholi to standards of districts like Jinja.
The Lands Minister, Ms Betty Amongi said that the government would bring to parliament an amendment to the Land Act (1998) that is bound to ease government takeover of private land for national development projects.
The president also claimed that research had proved fertility of Amuru District land for sugarcane growing.
He then told residents and opposition leaders to boycott sugar consumption if they do not want establishment of sugar factories.
The government and residents have been struggling for a 40,000 hectares piece of land in Lakang village to be given away to Madhivani Group of Companies to make a sugar company.