THIS WEEK: Government lists land cases that prompted tabling amendment bill
The government has listed 19 land cases that forced them to table constitutional amendment bill 2017 seeking to change article 26 giving powers to the government to compulsorily acquire land for infrastructural or investment development even without consent of land owner.
Signed by the land Minister Betty Amongi, the brochure listed cases including the Kyambogo sewer project where government loses Shs100million daily in contractor claims, Mukono Katosi – Nyenga road where sections remain unfinished, Centenary Park Land, Shop Rite Ben Kiwanuka land, Kinatawataka – Kasokoso land, Kampala – Entebbe Expressway and the Standard Guage Railway projects among others.
She said as a result of delays government has incurred accumulated interest on unspent loans totaling to about $27million. However, the bill has been faced with criticism both in parliament and the public with many saying it’s meant to grab people’s land although Amongi says this is misinformation and that government will prioritize consultations and understanding by all stakeholders before land is taken over.