FDC cautions President Museveni against politicising land matters

BY: Eyalama In News, Politics On

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has cautioned President Museveni against employing populist measures to resolve land conflicts in the country.

Speaking to the media at the party headquarters, the party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said Museveni’s latest aggressive and unrelenting attack on the country’s land tenure system is causing unnecessary tension and insecurity.

“He should forthwith stop politicising land problems in the country. The content of his recent statement to the NRM leaders in which he attacked mailo land tenure system and declared Buganda Land Board illegal, should be ignored because it is a recipe for violence and will drive the population into breaking the law,” he said.

Ssemujju said the first time, Uganda carried out a population census was 1969 and it had 9.5 million people and it became 12.6 million in 1980 and 16.6 million in 1991, six years after Museveni had seized power.

He said the 2014 census put the population at 34.6 million people and with an annual growth rate of 3percent, we are projected to be 44 million people today.

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With a growing population coupled with the impunity of well-connected people, Ssemujju said evictions and land conflicts can only increase.

“Museveni alone occupies eight villages in Gomba for his Kisozi ranch, miles of land he didn’t have 30 years ago. Museveni should act as an example of his land policy by subdividing his Kisozi and Rwakitura miles of land and distribute it to the landless,” said Ssemujju.

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The solution to the land problems is partly industrialisation and growth of service and other sectors, according to FDC leaders.

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