By; Ben Musanje
Inter- Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) has broken silence over the Land Amendments and demanded government to withdraw the proposed law since it infringes on citizens’ rights to land ownership.
Addressing the media at IRCU headquarters, the Archbishop of the Seventh Day Adventists Pr. Daniel Matte says the council emphasizes that article 26 in its current form is good enough to help government acquire land taking into account the interest of the land owner without violating any party’s rights.
The proposed amendments to the land law; seeks to provide for compulsory acquisition of land for government development projects such as roads and other infrastructure that has sparked outrage in the public accusing government of trying to grab their land.
Matte says that the amendments might even undermine the work of the Land Commission of Inquiry once it is not given time to conclude its investigations.
He recommends government to repeal and replace Survey Act and Survey Regulations which have gaps with appropriate legislations.
In the same press conference, the IRCU Board Chairman Msgr. Charles Kasibante disclosed that religious leaders are to use places of worship to sensitize the masses about the dangers of the amendments.