Felix Okot Ogong, the Lango Parliamentary Group chairman has revealed that he is being threatened by a section of government officials for opposing the constitutional amendment bill 2017 that is seeking to allow government to take possession of private property declared for compulsory acquisition upon depositing the compensation in court pending determination of the dispute.
The Dokolo south legislator is a strong opponent of the bill. He has severally been quoted by media houses criticizing the bill, saying the government is trying to forcefully grab private land.
Speaking to journalists on Monday shortly after the consultative meeting Lango members of parliament held with the public over the controversial (land) bill at Uganda Technical College -UTC Lira, the NRM legislator said he is getting phone calls from people, including those who hold big government positions uttering threats, saying there will be drastic consequences of his actions after he went public to show his discomfort with the amendment on the constitution the government is seeking to make.
He however declined to disclose the identities of the people threatening him.
He also added that the North Kioga region police summoned and warned him against mobilizing people to oppose the bill. David Ongom Mudong, the region’s police spokesperson denies this claim.
Mp Okot revealed further that he has been receiving complains from his fellow Mps about the threats they are also getting over the same bill. He however urges the legislators to stand firm and not be threatened adding that he won’t back down from fighting the move by government which he says is aimed at grabbing land from the locals.
In the Monday consultative meeting, the public collectively asked the Lango MPs to oppose the bill citing intentions by the government to grab land.
The Lira municipality Jimmy Akena was booed and forced off the the microphone by the crowd when they realized he was in support and trying to advocate for the bill.