By Kampala Post Reporter
The Head of the European Union Delegation to Uganda, Mr. Attilio Pacifici has told Ugandans to embrace the proposed amendments to the land laws to enable government fast-track vital projects that benefit the masses.
While meeting officials from the Ministry of Works Headquarters on Tuesday, Mr. Pacifici said that they support government efforts to ensure unnecessary delays of infrastructure projects are overcome.
The EU boss in Uganda gave an example of France and Italy where land belongs to the people but no compensation is given by government for projects of national importance.
Mr. Pacifici wondered why government should buy land from citizens to construct developmental projects yet they are the ones to benefit from those projects.
He went ahead and sighted some local examples, saying the Northern by pass which costed $60million but the cost has doubled to $120million because of compensations and land acquisition.
The EU chief who replaced Ambassador Kristian Schmidt was today meeting Ugandan officials at the works ministry including State Minister General Edward Katumba Wamala and Minister Monica Azuba to review the progress of projects supported by the EU.
The delegation also hailed President Yoweri Museveni for taking the initiative to sensitize Ugandans about benefits in the proposed amendment to the land laws.
Last month, President Museveni started radio education campaigns on the proposed Land Amendment Bill that seeks to amend the constitution to allow among other things, government to acquire land for projects pending negotiations on compensations with the affected persons.
While commissioning of the Fort Portal-Kamwenge road before he was hosted on Voice of Tooro radio station in Fort Portal last Month, President Museveni cited the example of a one Kasangwa on the same road who rejected government’s Shs. 89 million compensation for quarter of an acre of land and demanded for Shs.1 billion forcing the government to divert the road in order to avoid his land.