New Vision (Kampala)

13 May 2008

Uganda: President Has No Powers to Give Out Land - Sekandi

Kampala — PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has no powers to distribute land, the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Sekandi, has clarified. Responding to questions raised by students of Makerere University during a meeting at Parliamentary Building yesterday, Sekandi said the distribution of land was a constitutional matter.

"The President does not distribute land. He may lobby for somebody to be given land." Quoting the Constitution, Sekandi added: "If the President wants someone to be given land, he has to apply to the district land board."

He briefed the students about the functions of parliamentary committees. Sekandi concurred with them that the size of Parliament was big.

On the introduction of the universal primary and secondary education programmes, he explained that they were initiated by the Executive but Parliament came in because funds were needed to implement them.

Sekandi also met students of the Nigerian National Defence College who are on a study tour. The theme of their visit is "Democracy and Development in Uganda."

The team, led by Comdre Olawumi, was accompanied by Uganda's Col. Dennis Asiimwe to Parliament. Sekandi said although the UPDF was being represented in Parliament, civilians debate with army MPs freely.

The Speaker of Parliament said the NRM does not pressurise him in the course of his work.

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