In the heat of the storm, the amendments were shelved. However, Nankabirwa said that the move was a tactical withdrawal intended to pave way for urgent business in parliament. She cited the consideration of policy statements, the budget framework paper, and amendments on the presidential age, as areas that needed priority.
As part of the countrywide radio talk shows aimed at popularising the now controversial Constitutional Amendment Bill, Museveni appeared on Voice of Kigezi in Kabale on Monday September 4 followed by Radio West in Mbarara on September 5. On September 6, the president was on Voice of Tooro in Fort Portal before he moved to Hoima for where he appeared on Spice FM on September 7. He was due to appear on Point FM in Mubende later today and Radio Buddu in Masaka tomorrow, September 9 to engage the listeners on the bill.
Monsignor Mathew Odong, the Vicar General of Gulu Archdiocese, says government should delay the return of the bill to Parliament until it has widely consulted the citizenry. Monsignor Odong says nationwide consultations will secure vital government projects against vandalisms and sabotage.
Betty Akol Lochap, the woman councilor Ngoleriet Sub county in Napak district council, says they are worried for their land since Karamoja Legislators tend to side with government on every proposal. She notes that the electorate is on her neck in every meeting over the land bill but she has no proper answers for them.
Members of Parliament from Kabarole district on Thursday shunned a consultative meeting to discuss the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017. During the consultative meeting, the amendment Bill was rejected by members of the public who argued that it was a ploy by the government to steal their land.
A legislator from Lango has accused the Government of using money and threats to silence those opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment to provide for compulsory land acquisition. Felix Okot Ogong, the Dokolo South Member of Parliament, told Uganda Radio Network that several legislators from the region have reported to him that they are receiving threats from government machinery over their opposition to the proposed bill.
Speaking at the official opening of the 25th Buganda Lukiiko sitting at Bulange-Mengo today, Kabaka Mutebi cautioned that developments on private land should only take off after agreement between government and land owners.
Bishop Joseph Abura of Karamoja Diocese says the proposal is only meant to disposess the locals. Bishop Abura notes that fronting the interests of government and a few individuals leaves many especially the poor in a vacuum. Bishop Damiano Guzzetti of Moroto Catholic Diocese urged government to take precautions when fronting for the amendment. He notes that agriculture being the major employer in Uganda, land should be left in the hands of people as it is in the 1995 constitution.
Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana however stirred anger in the committee when he stated that no sane person can object to the proposed amendment. Angry MPs demanded that the minister is not heard again by the committee describing his statement as insensitive to them and the many members of the public speaking against the land amendment.
The proposed amendments seek to provide for compulsory acquisition of land for development projects such as roads and other infrastructure pending negotiations on compensation with the affected persons.
The Uganda Police Force has given opposition Members of Parliament a go ahead to hold consultative meetings across the country on the Constitutional Amendment Bill on condition that they do not speak about removal of presidential age limit.