Land Amendment: Matembe Lauds NRM Caucus for Heeding to Citizen's demands

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According to Matembe, in the past the NRM caucus has been a big disappointment because of concentrating on what the state wants as opposed to what is good for the country.

The former Ethics and Integrity Minister, Maria Matembe has lauded the National Resistance Movement-NRM party caucus for heeding to demands by citizens to stop the proposed land amendment. On Wednesday, the NRM caucus convened in State House in Entebbe to generate consensus on the Constitutional amendment bill 2017.

The bill seeks to amend article 102(b) of the constitution to provide for compulsory acquisition of land for Government projects. During the meeting chaired by President Yoweri Museveni, the NRM party chairperson, some of the legislators reportedly opposed the bill, saying Ugandans were not ready to receive the amendment.

As a result, the NRM caucus resolved to set up a 10 man committee led by the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi to advice on the amendments. The committee will also ensure the proposed law is in line with the constitutional provisions on land.
 
 
Now, Maria Matembe, an ardent critic of Government has hailed the NRM caucus for listening to Ugandans, saying the proposed compulsory land acquisition would majorly affect the poor.

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She says the decision by the legislators to stop the proposed amendment shows that the NRM MPs are coming to self-realization.

 
According to Matembe, in the past the NRM caucus has been a big disappointment because of concentrating on what the state wants as opposed to what is good for the country.

She says the outcome of the caucus meeting is one of the best achievements for Uganda, which shows that once Ugandans unite they can influence policy and demand accountability. Matembe was speaking at a meeting organized by Uganda Women's Network and Uganda Women Parliamentary Association.
 
Monica Amoding, the Kumi Woman MP and member of the NRM Caucus, says the holistic decision taken by the MPs shows that they care for their constituents more than anything.


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