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Reject land proposals â€" UPC

By Vision Reporter

Added 15th November 2007 03:00 AM

THE Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has said the Government’s proposed amendments to the Land Act are targeting landlords in Buganda.

THE Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has said the Government’s proposed amendments to the Land Act are targeting landlords in Buganda.

By Moses Mulondo

THE Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has said the Government’s proposed amendments to the Land Act are targeting landlords in Buganda.

The Government has proposed amendments to the Land Act to provide more protection to tenants against eviction by landlords. The proposed amendments have been opposed by politicians from Buganda Kingdom and the opposition. They charge that the amendments are a ploy to grab the kingdom’s land.

“I recently saw the lands minister, Omara Atubo, deceiving the Baganda that the Land Bill is for the entire nation. As far as I know, there is no single tenant in my region of Lango and Acholi. Such occupants are in Buganda,” Livingston Okello Okello, the party vice-president, told journalists yesterday.

Okello called upon the Baganda to vehemently reject the Land Bill which he said seeks to take away their heritage.

“Buganda government should ensure that all Buganda MPs oppose this treacherous bill. If they do so, we from other regions shall support them in rejecting it when it is tabled in Parliament and it will be thrown out,” said Okello, who is also a Member of Parliament from Acholi.

The vocal legislator said a referendum on the land reforms is unnecessary. “Besides contravening the constitutional right to own property, it would be unrealistic for a person from Kitgum to vote on how land should be owned in Buganda.”

Calling it a political gimmick, Okello dismissed allegations by President Yoweri Museveni that Mengo is being influenced by the opposition in rejecting the land reforms.

Reject land proposals — UPC

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