By Spear News

Cabinet has agreed to amend the constitution to government use people’s land for public use especially infrastructural developments before it compensates its owners.

According to Savino Katsigaire, Director of Physical Planning and Urban Development at the ministry of lands and urban development, this agreement was reached in a cabinet meeting that was chaired by President Yoweri Museveni at State Lodge in Nakasero on 21st June 2017.

He added that the amendment is meant to quicken the implementation of these projects that had delayed due to contestation of the compensation awards.

This was revealed in a letter dated 22nd June 2017 that was signed by Katsigaire on behalf of the permanent Secretary to different government ministries and authorities. The letter indicates that the meeting agreed to amend article 26 of constitution to enable government projects commence.

It was also agreed that the delays of projects were as a result of the need for approval by the government chief valuer and Projected Affected person’s reports.

Cabinet agreed that where parties are unable to agree on a fair and adequate compensation payable under close (2)(b)(i), the government shall deposit in court or with any other competent authority  the market value of the  property by the chief valuer.

The letter adds that government shall then take possession of the property pending determination by the courts or other competent authority of the disputed amount of the compensation.

It further states that the owner of the property shall not stop the government from taking possession of a property where the government has deposited the evaluated compensation amount.

However it adds that the owner has a right to claim the disputed compensation that may be determined by courts or any other competent authority.

Katsigaire tasked relevant authorities and ministries to sensitize the citizens and formulate materials for dissemination.