Deputy Attorney General of Uganda Mwesigwa Rukutana has today read Bill 13, The Constitution Amendment Bill 2017, that proposes acquisition of public land upon compensation.
It was presented by Rukutana “for the first reading” and Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, according to the rules of procedure, committed the bill to the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs before the second and third readings.
According to Parliament Watch, the object of the bill is to amend article 26 of the constitution in accordance with Articles 259 and 262 of the constitution.
Parliament Watch added that the purpose of the bill is to resolve the current problem of delayed implementation of Government infrastructure and investment projects due to disputes arising out of the compulsory land acquisition process.
“The problem of delayed Government projects has caused significant financial loss to the Government amounting to millions of dollars in penalties paid to road contractors for redundant machinery at construction or project sites as the courts attempt to resolve the disputes, most of which relate to the quantum of compensation.”