After passing the controversial Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (No.2) also known as age limit Bill, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has announced that Parliament is now ready to scrutinize and tentatively pass the land amendment Bill too.
While chairing the House on Wednesday, Kadaga listed about 7 Bills that Parliament will be handling starting in August. Among the Bills listed include Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (No.13) also known as Land Amendment Bill that seek to amend article 26 of the Constitution in accordance with Articles 259 and 262 of the Constitution.
“The following bills will be soon be handled Marriage and Divorce bill, Law Reform bill, Sexual Offences Bill, KCCA Bill, Sugar Kill, CAA Bill, and Constitutional Amendment Bill,” Kadaga said. She also warned committees to be mindful of timeframe while scrutinizing a bill as stipulated in the Parliament Rules of Procedure.
“We are going to enforce the rule that a bill stays in a committee within only 45 days and if you fail, you report back so that we give you more time. All bills that have been in committee for more than 45 days will be on the order paper on 5th August 2018,” Kadaga said.
The purpose of this land Bill that was first tabled in June last year, is to resolve the current problem of delayed implementation of Government infrastructure and investment projects due to disputes arising out of the compulsory land acquisition process. Once passed into law, government will be granted all the rights for compulsory acquisition ofprivate land for public projects.