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Govt Proposals On Land Not in Good Faith – Besigye

During the government retreat that ended on Sunday at National Leadership Institute --NALI at Kyakwanzi, Lands Minister Betty Amongi was quoted saying government is in the final stages of tabling before Parliament amendments into the Land Act 1998.

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Former FDC party presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye says proposals by government to amend the land law are not in good faith.

During the government retreat that ended on Sunday at National Leadership Institute --NALI at Kyakwanzi, Lands Minister Betty Amongi was quoted saying government is in the final stages of tabling before Parliament amendments into the Land Act (1998).

One of the areas targeted, according to the minister, is to allow government to acquire and commence development on any person's land before the owner is fully compensated. The minister says this is to address the delays that most government projects suffer, during the compensation negotiations.

But Besigye says the move is intended to grab land by what he called "mafias" in government.  While addressing journalists at his home in Kasangati today, Besigye asked members of the public to fight the move because they will be ones to lose if they don't.

Besigye said efforts have for long been ongoing to see how land can be grabbed by some big government officials especially in the Northern, Eastern, Karamoja and Western parts of the country. where he says most of the land is customary owned by the communities.

Besigye said the proposed reforms allowing government to take over land without first paying the owner are part of those schemes by government intended to grab land owned privately.

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According to Besigye, for long, President Museveni had wanted to include a similar provision in the constitution, citing the period during the Constituent Assembly in 1994.

Besigye says he is worried about Parliament which can easily be bribed to pass the bill into law since, he said, they started their tenure with receiving of bribes.

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