President Yoweri Museveni last night rallied residents of the South Western Kigezi region to support the proposed Land Amendment Bill 2017.
Museveni said the proposed amendment of Article 26 of the Constitution is not aimed at stealing people’s land as they might have heard from some of their leaders.
He noted that the existing law in its form provides limitations to Government’s development efforts.
He said the amendment, which was proposed allows government power to take privately owned land for its projects, whether or not the owner’s consent to the compensation, this has been largely rejected by MPs and majority their constituents.
Museveni revealed however, that the executive is still considering other changes to make the law more appealing to Ugandans.
On the talk show, the President went on to warn media houses against hosting people who are biased against the proposed land amendment bill.
“It is unfortunate that people have used the media houses that the NRM brought, to deceive the public about the proposed bill. How does one run to a media house and deceives a whole nation that Museveni is intending to steal their land without any interference? We shall not allow this kind of misuse of media to continue,” warned President Museveni.
He also revealed government’s plans on industrializing the economy to improve the income levels of Ugandans.
On Voice of Kigezi in Kabale Town, he was accompanied by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Ministers David Bahati and Chris Baryomunsi as well as the Attorney General, William Byaruhanga.
The President this week launched a nationwide radio campaign that is aimed at getting views of the people about land and educating them on the proposed Land Amendment Bill.