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Museveni to NRM MPs: I'm in Charge

President Yoweri Museveni has told a National Resistance Movement NRM party caucus that that he is in charge of the country and that no one can threaten security.
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President Yoweri Museveni has told a National Resistance Movement (NRM) party caucus that that he is in charge of the country and that no one can threaten security.

This was during a meeting with NRM party legislators at State House Entebbe on Friday.

The president's comments break his silence on the prevailing security situation in the country after the raid of Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere's palace last month left more than 100 people dead.

The raid on November 26th and 27th triggered attacks in different parts of Kasese district that also left 16 police officers killed. 

Mumbere was arrested and has since been remanded on murder charges. This week, the charge sheet was amended to include terrorism, aggravated robbery and attempted murder. At least 146 of his guards have also been charged with murder and remanded.

Mumbere who denies the charges is currently on remand in Luzira prison until December 28.

While all this was happening, President Museveni remained silent until yesterday when he addressed the NRM Parliamentary Caucus. In an interview with URN, Bukooli Central MP Solomon Silwanyi, the Vice chairman of the caucus, confirmed the president's comments on security.  

He however said that President Museveni did not specifically speak about Kasese events but rather spoke about security in general.

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Silwanyi also told URN that the president rallied the party's legislators to support a number of proposed legislations yet to be tabled in parliament. These include amendments to the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act (PPDA), and amendments to the Land Act among others.

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Early this year, government through the Lands minister Betty Amongi indicated that an amendment to the 1998 Land Act would be presented to parliament to ease government takeover of private land for national development projects.

The Land Act already allows government to compulsorily acquire land for public works but after compensation of the land owner. However, the proposed amendment seeks to give government the right to take over land before any negotiations for compensating the owner.

Minister Amongi has on a number of occasions defended government's proposed amendment saying that the present law slows down government programmes.

This argument sparked off public outrage with former presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye saying any attempt by government to take over land before compensation would be resisted.

On amendments to the PPDA Act, URN has learnt that the President directed the Finance minister Matia Kasaija to prepare a cabinet white paper for discussions to begin.

Silwanyi said that the NRM Caucus meeting yesterday did not agree on when these amendments should be sent to parliament saying that another caucus meeting slated for January 2017 would conclude on the matter.

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