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Betty Akol Lochap, the woman councilor Ngoleriet Sub county in Napak district council, says they are worried for their land since Karamoja Legislators tend to side with government on every proposal. She notes that the electorate is on her neck in every meeting over the land bill but she has no proper answers for them.
Alice Alaso Asianut (middle) with women councilors in Napak posing for a photo after training in Kangole Boys primary school.

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Women councilors in Napak district have their legislators to come out clearly and start their position of the contested Constitutional amendment bill 2017. The bill seeks to provide article 26 of the constitution to provide for the compulsory land acquisition for government projects.

 

The councilors made the demand during an inspirational Leadership Advisory Talk on capacity building to fulfill their representative role, effective engagement in council debates and promoting participatory democracy.  They argued since the Constitutional amendment bill 2017 was tabled before parliament, none of their legislators has reached the ground to discuss the matter with the electorate.

Betty Akol Lochap, the woman councilor Ngoleriet Sub county in Napak district council, says they are worried for their land since Karamoja Legislators tend to side with government on every proposal. She notes that the electorate is on her neck in every meeting over the land bill but she has no proper answers for them.

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Betty Nare Lotimong, the Lopei Sub County Woman council, said they only hear about the proposed amendment over radio station but don't know what is contained in it. She demanded that their Mps come to the ground and explain their position and assure locals about the safety of their land.

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Stella Nyomera Namoe, the Napak Woman Member of parliament, said they couldn't discuss the bill since they don't have clear information. "We need to get clear information that we can communicate accurately. It's a bit tricky and we can't communicate such tricky issues to the people, it can cause problems. However, I personally don't agree with the bill in its current form", Namoe told URN on phone. 

While facilitating the training, Alice Alaso Asianut, the former Serere Woman MP urged the MPs to reach their constituencies and hear their plight on land.  Alaso notes that the Land Act must remain in its original forms since it gives government provision for acquiring private land.

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