President Yoweri Museveni is this week launching a nationwide radio campaign that is, according to his handlers, aimed at getting views of the people about land and educating them on the proposed Land Amendment Bill.
The president will be hitting the airwaves this Monday, starting in the Kigezi Sub Region in Southwestern Uganda.
Don Wanyama, the Senior Presidential Press Secretary says Museveni will be traversing the country talking about land issues, particularly the proposed bill.
The bill to amend Article 26 of the national constitution has been largely unpopular so far.
It seeks to among others allow government power to take possession of private land for its projects, with or without concession from the owner on compensation.
The bill faced strong resistance from MPs on the Legal Affairs Committee who described it as unnecessary; and from the public at the various consultative meetings with MPs.
It has also been opposed by religious leaders, the civil society and opposition political leaders who think it is a stepping stone for government to grab people’s land.
Wanyama says the President will be hosted on various radio stations across the country where he will shed more light on the controversial bill.
Today, the president will kick off the campaign on the Kabale based Voice
of Kigezi FM from 7:00pm up 9:00pm.
On Tuesday he will head to Mbarara and proceed later to the Rwenzori region where land issues have been more volatile following the discovery of oil there.
Museveni faces an uphill task of undoing the damage that has so far been made by political leaders on the proposed amendment ever since it was announced by the Lands Ministry early this year.
FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye embarked on a campaign he dubbed ‘My Land, My Life’ in which he called on citizens to stand and defend their land.
Besigye theorized that the land amendment is aimed at speeding up oil production (construction of the oil pipeline) which he says is the only hope to save the crumbling national economy and the NRM regime alike.