Finance Minister Matia kasaija has urged Parliament to reconsider its position on the Land Amendment Bill, in order to allow government work with ease on its important infrastructure projects.
The 2017 bill which seeks to amend Article 26 of the constitution to allow government compulsory access to land that is identified for developments before fully compensate the owners, was of recently rejected at the committee level of Parliament.
Kasaija noted that in the past years, government has faced challenges of delayed infrastructure projects mainly due to long procurement processes like lack of Right of Way, which causes government a lot of financial loses to the government.
“I appeal to members of Parliament to review their position on the land bill. We cannot continue to operate that way if we want this nation to develop at the right pace,” Kasaija said.
The minister made the call during the National Budget Conference for the coming financial year, which opened yesterday at Serena hotel.
Speaking at the conference, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda had pointed out prolonged procurement processes in acquiring of right of way for road construction and electricity transmission projects and lack of coordination among government sectors and institutions, as some of the setbacks that have challenged economic growth in the past financial years.
The land amendment Bill was popularised by President Museveni amidst outcry from the general public and opposition leaders who felt the bill was meant to take away Ugandans’ right to own land