Parliament Legal Committee Starts Land Amendment Bill Scrutiny

The Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee on Tuesday morning started scrutinizing the contentious Constitutional Amendment Bill that seeks to give government powers to compulsorily acquire land for infrastructural projects.

The Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana recently introduced on the floor of Parliament the proposal to amend Article 26 of the Constitution granting government power to take over private land and use it whether or not the owner is satisfied with the compensation offer on the table.

The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga referred the Bill to the Legal Committee to work on its merits and demerits and later report back to the house.

The committee which is chaired by Dodoma County MP, Jacob Oboth-Oboth met Rukutana, Lands Minister Betty Amongi, Chairman Land Commission Baguma Isoke and other officials from ministries of Land and Justice and Constitutional Affairs today.

The committee is expected to also meet different stakeholders including traditional leaders, Uganda Law Society, religious leaders, civil society members  and others.

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