FDC Protests Gov’t Forceful Acquisition of Land

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has threatened to launch a campaign against the proposed Land Amendment Bill, viagra 100mg which reportedly provides for forceful takeover of people’s land by government without compensation.

Reports emerged last week that Cabinet had cleared a proposal for the amendment Bill to the Land Act, here 1998 to allow forceful acquisition of land and compensate land or property owners later.

FDC spokesperson Paul Mwiru says the Bill contravenes Article 92 of the 1995 Constitution which bars Parliament from passing a law to alter the decision or judgment of Court.

Mwiru pointed out that the Supreme Court in Constitutional Petition Appeal No.2/ 2014 Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Versus Irumba Asumani and Peter Magelah, held that whereas Article 26 of the 1995 Constitution was not among the non-derogable rights, it does not give powers to Government to compulsorily acquire people’s land without prior payment.

The party mouth piece argued that the new amendment is only a scheme to acquire people’s land and property by the government which doesn’t prioritize paying creditors.

“Uganda government has no record or history of paying its creditors on time and given its debt being at Sh37 trillion, 63 percent international and 37 percent local, forceful seizure of land may make government not treat payment as its priority since such payments will not be appropriated by Parliament,” Mwiru said.

FDC believes that forceful seizure amounts to indirect borrowing which will require Parliamentary approval which will still bring bureaucratic tendencies.

The party therefore urged government to drop the proposed bill saying it may spark unrest.

“We understand that this amendment is being handled in stages, government should drop the proposed bill; we are soon launching a national wide campaign against the amendment to rally people so as to pile pressure upon their area MPs who have the mandate of passing into into law.”

However speaking to journalist at OPM last week, the government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa rebutted the opposition claim that the amendments are intended to forcefully grab peoples’ land and property.

“We know that people are entitled to own land but government is as well entitled to land acquisition as long as it compensates the owner; however people have been misusing their rights to stiffly government programs which the amendments tends to do away with,” Nankabirwa said.

Nankabirwa noted that in the new arrangements, once the Land owner isn’t satisfied with the value levied by the government valuer, the owner will petition Court over the same meanwhile the project is taking place and once Court gives its verdict then government goes on to compensate.

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