The Observer (Kampala)

18 January 2013

Uganda: Budaka MP to Demonstrate Over Mabira

The Member of Parliament for Budaka constituency, Kezekia Mbogo, has threatened to lead a protest against the proposed giveaway of Mabira forest to the Mehta group, to grow sugarcanes.

This follows a recent speech, in which President Museveni declared that he would no longer beg MPs to back industrialization in the country. Mbogo told The Observer he had already consulted his electorate about the proposed giveaway.

"Mabira cannot go. As people of Budaka, we shall not entertain this. I have already consulted my people and they have refused to accept the giveaway."

The MP says Mabira is a tourist attraction which Ugandans cannot afford to lose. MPs rose up against the same proposal six years ago. That time the president backed down. Now, however, Mbogo fears MPs may not be as resilient, following threats of expulsion from the NRM for those opposed to party positions.

"I plan to voice my opposition and all MPs who will have opposed the giveaway will remain on record for opposing the move," he said.

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