By Okaba Patrick
Nebbi. Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president Gen. Mugisha Muntu has urged residents of Nebbi district to fight for their rights on land.
Muntu who is seeking re-election as FDC party president, made the remarks at Leosim Hotel in Nebbi town while addressing FDC delegates. He says everybody has his or her rights to fight and they should never lose hopes when fighting for their rights on land and cautioned leaders to be accommodative and respect the plea of the public.
“Everybody has ownership over land and there must be compensation for any land being used by government,” Muntu said.
He says people should not allow the land bill to go through because by amending, it would give more weight to both government and the rich to take over peoples’ land by force.
One of the delegates, John Baptist Oyera says land bill must not be tempered with because land is the most sensitive issue and in most cases, land is mostly owned by the poor.
Baptist urged all Ugandans to stop the bill before its passed into law since it will not favor the poor if the bill is passed. “Our MPs are easily compromised when it comes to passing controversial bills which have turned negatively on the poor. This time we should not allow them go away with this Land Bill,” Oyera said.
Agnes Akumu, another delegate said land bill is an avenue of grabbing land from the poor and the poor will not have voice on their land if the bill is passed.
She adds that there are many important things to discuss than in the country than land bill which is more likely problem to feature generations if not handled properly. Two weeks ago, during consultation in Arua, a section of locals in the district rejected the proposed land amendment Bill, saying it would deprive the poor of their valuable asset.