The suspects, all employees of Kony Paco Foundation, a village saving group in Parabongo Parish in Lamogi Sub-county were arrested following complaints from their clients. The suspects have been identified as Vincent Kica, the Director of the group, Charles Odonga Kitara, the Assistant Director, and Geoffrey Acellam, the Group’s Loan Officer.
More than 51,000 acres of land in the villages of Kaladima, Pacilo Palokere, and parts of Pawel in the greater Atiak Sub-county are currently being occupied by pastoralists commonly referred to as Balaalo.
Currently, a kilo of unhusked groundnuts is 1,500 Shillings while a kilo of threshed groundnuts ranges between 2,000 to 2,400 Shillings. Yet last year, a kilo of unthreshed groundnuts was bought at 2700 while a kilo or threshed groundnuts was selling at 3,500 shillings.
“The members are devastated because they expected money, we were going to start cutting and selling the sugarcanes this week, so we have lost billions of shillings,” S
Santa Joyce Laker, the Chairperson of Atiak Sugar Plantation Out-growers Cooperative Society Ltd told Uganda Radio Network.
The State Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem told URN that all land transactions between the balalo herdsmen and any parties in the district must be suspended until the committee verifies the type of transactions and land ownerships of all the herdsmen in the area.
On Thursday, the Minister of State for Animals Husbandry banned the movement of livestock in the area. The ban follows complaints of illegal entry of livestock and invasion of the non-native herdsmen commonly known as balalo in the area.
Rwamirama ordered that no livestock will be allowed into the district until January 25 next year when a comprehensive audit of the balalo herdsmen is completed by a select committee comprising the district security committee, local leaders, and the cultural institution.
In a letter dated 27th September this year, Otto claims that in July this year, he gave the Town Council the money to construct the road to his tourism site, to improve access to social services and open opportunities for other tourism investors, but that the road was never opened due to "bad local politics, irredentism and negative attitudes" among others.
Mahmood Abdi, the Director of Agriculture and Plantation, Attiak Sugar Factory which sits along River Unyama says that they intend to construct irrigation schemes and water dams along the river to mitigate flooding in Elegu Township and the factory as well as to secure water for the factory`s sugarcane plantation in all seasons.
Stella Auma, a resident of Lajalula Sub County told URN that the poor road network in her area has led to hiked transport fares to the nearest Omer Health Centre II, which is about 32 kilometers away from her home.
Last month, over 6,000 truck drivers suspended travels to Juba and parked their cargo fleets at the Elegu border at the Ugandan side in protest of armed violence on foreign drivers along the Nimule-Juba highway.
Seventy-five-year-old Bicentina Alal and her 80-year-old husband Tito Okema, have been saving money in a metallic case for over three years. The couple lives with their six grandchildren in Kali-Kali Village in Rec Iceke Parish in Layima Sub County, which is about 50kilometers away from Gulu City Centre.