By George Busiinge
Members of Parliament (MPs) from Hoima district have advised government to withdraw constitutional amendment bill on the compulsory land acquisition by government.
This was after residents in their public hearing meetings opposed the bill on grounds that once passed would weaken bibanja owners’ rights on their land.
The last consultative meeting was held at Kabwoya sub-county headquarters this week in Buhaguzi County where residents warned the area member of parliament Dan Muhairwe against supporting it.
The residents instead challenged the legislatures to address issues affecting national development citing corruption, unemployment, poverty among others other than wasting time to discuss on laws aimed at depriving them their right to own land.
Speaking to Earthfinds reporter, Dan Muhairwe, the Buhaguzi legislature said government should drop the bill since the public is opposed to it.
Tophus Kaahwa, the district woman Member of Parliament said they can’t support something which has been rejected by Ugandans. According Baguma Bitera and Kaahwa Leornard from Bugahya and Buhaguzi says that, the Country is likely to face civil disobedience should the bill be passed against the locals will.
Pius Wakabi, the Bugahya county MP and Lawrence Bategeka of Hoima Municipality said there is no need for more consultations on this. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 provides for how government can acquire disputed land for infrastructural development and investment projects.