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Government withdraw controversial land bill

by James Ateenyi

Government was on Tuesday afternoon forced to withdraw the Constitution Amendment Bill No. 2 of 2017 after Parliament’s Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs rejected it.
The Bill seeks to allow government to acquire land from private owners and compensate them later but Mr Mwesigwa Rukutana, the Deputy Attorney General, said they are withdrawing it as government makes further consultations.
“We are the sponsors of this Constitution Amendment Bill. However, subsequent to presenting it for the first reading, government discovered that the Bill required extensive consultations. For the reasons I have given, I beg to move that this bill withdrawn pending further consultations,” Mr Rukutana said during plenary.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah accepted the withdrawing of the Bill.
“When it is ready, it will be brought back by the Executive,” he said.
The withdrawal of the bill comes after an August 2018 report by the House Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs recommended that be rejected.

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