Delivering his homily at St. Peters Cathedral Rugarama during the golden jubilee celebrations of Kigezi diocese on Sunday, expressed his reservations on the proposed amendment and accused the legislators of failing to fight land grabbers across the country.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali has cautioned members of parliament to slow down on the constitutional amendment bill 2017. The bill seeks to amend article 26 of the constitution to provide for the compulsory acquisition of land for government projects.
Article 26 of the Constitution provides for the right of persons to own property and how it can be acquired by government. But government argues that the provision has slowed down the implementation of key project resulting from compensation disputes.
But the Archbishop Stanley Ntagali has cautioned legislators to go slow on the proposed amendment. Delivering his homily at St. Peters Cathedral Rugarama during the golden jubilee celebrations of Kigezi diocese on Sunday, expressed his reservations on the proposed amendment and accused the legislators of failing to fight land grabbers across the country.
He wondered why the legislators are silent about many wealthy people implicated for grabbing and selling off government and private land and are now coming up with laws targeting land that belongs to the poor.
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Ntagali also asked parliament and the office of the prime minister to investigate the growing concern about the mistreatment of Ugandans exported to foreign countries especially in the Middle East and Asia as laborers where they end up being conscripted into sexual slavery.
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In his response, the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who represented president, Yoweri Museveni defended the constitutional amendment bill 2017.
He said there is need to amend the land law to facilitate the implementation of key government projects, which are hindered by exorbitant compensation demands from property owners.
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On the exploitation of youth exported as laborers in foreign countries, Rugunda said government has already established a mechanism to register all companies involved and issued guidelines to ensure the safety of the laborers.
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Rugunda hailed the church for playing a big role in teaching the public about hard work so as to fight poverty and become self-reliant. He also hailed the church for educating the public against moral decadence.
In his speech, Rt. Rev. Eng. George Bagamuhunda, the Bishop of Kigezi Diocese, said the 50 years celebration is a time to credit the founders of the diocese for their effort and initiative in founding and building the diocese.
He said they intend to tackle challenges facing the church as well as government such as government in the coming years. Kigezi diocese was formerly part of Ankole- Kigezi Diocese until 1967 when it became independent.
The diocese has since given birth to North Kigezi diocese in Rukungiri district created in 1981, Muhabura diocese 1990 and Kinkizi diocese 1995.