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Acholi leaders foil plan to grab their land


Kilak MP Olanya (L), Christopher Lakony (c) and Northern Regional Polcie Commander, Paul Nkore in Apaa village last month (Photo by Monday Times)


Leaders from Acholi and West Nile regions met on Tuesday 5 May 2015 under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Rt Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda to discuss, find and agree on lasting solutions to the land disputes in the region, in particular the Apaa land conflicts.

The leaders included Ministers, Members of Parliament, District Chairpersons, Resident District Commissioners, LC III Chairpersons and security representatives.

After a seven hour meeting at the Office of The Prime Minister in Kampala, the leaders noted that the land wrangles in the region had become a security threat calling for immediate and effective redress by all stakeholders.

Resolutions from the meeting:

The meeting resolved that the land disputes in the area are not and should not be presented as tribal in nature.

“They committed themselves to work together to build trust and confidence among and between the people of the districts of Amuru and Adjumani with a view to promoting reconciliation through dialogue.”

They leaders also resolved to desist from using inflammatory language that incites the public and committed themselves to desist from politicizing the land disputes.

They also agreed that there should be transparency in the process of acquisition of land by Government or investors and a need to open up the administrative boundaries between Amuru and Adjumani districts using the 1960 and 1962 maps.

It was agreed that the rights of the people to their land will not be affected by the opening up of the boundaries hence a need for opening up of the boundaries of East Madi Wildlife Reserve.

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda expressed the commitment of Government to ensure that the matter is handled in an amicable manner to ensure that there is peace, security and stability to enable people to participate in productive activities to improve their livelihoods.

The Prime Minister said that Government will coordinate practical follow up steps to ensure that the matter is settled once and for all.

Women in Amuru district were forced to strip naked last month and protest the alleged grabbing of their land.

The spectacle forced ministers Aronda Nyakairima and Daudi Migereko to stop surveyors from demarcating land in Apaa village with the intention of handing it over to Adjumani district.

Kilak Member of Parliament, Gilbert Olanya, intervened and saved the situation amid death threats from government officials.

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