Besigye claimed President Museveni has always had an agenda to control land, right from the time he took over power after a guerilla war in 1986.
The Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, has said the government’s proposal to amend the Land Act (1998) to allow government take over private strategic land without compensation, is dangerous for the country.
Campaigning for FDC candidates in Omoro District on Saturday, Dr Besigye said the proposal is a new ploy by government “to grab people’s land.”
He claimed President Museveni has always had an agenda to control land, right from the time he took over power after a guerilla war in 1986. He said when the idea was defeated in the Constituent Assembly (1994/1995) that drafted the 1995 Constitution, the President pushed it again in the Sempebwa Constitution Review Commission (2001-2002).
“The Bill that is proposed now which came out of Kyankwanzi (Cabinet retreat) is extremely dangerous. We must rise up as Ugandans to oppose this new trick orchestrated by President Museveni,” Dr Besigye said.
However, the government deputy spokesperson, Col Shaban Bantariza, dismissed Dr Besigye’s allegations as baseless.
The former FDC leader campaigned in the trading centres of Awere and Acet in Odek Sub-county and Lalogi trading centre in Lalogi Sub-county, for Mr Simon Toolit Akecha (Omoro LC5) and Ms Prossy Alanyo Owiny (Omoro Woman MP). The elections in the new district will be held on August 29.
Lands minister Betty Amongi recently said the government will soon bring to Parliament an amendment to the Land Act (1998) which will ease government takeover of private land for national development projects such as roads and other infrastructure.
When approved by Parliament, the proposed amendment will allow government to compulsorily acquire land for public works before compensating the owner.