The committee chaired by the Kimanya-Kabonera Division Member of Parliament Abed Bwanika learnt that the city has under unclear circumstances lost a lot of its properties that including land in green spaces and road reserves.
"AFIEGO is not an NGO. It is a company. But AFIEGO staff do not constitute the non-profit company, a legal entity of its own that can sue and be sued. To be arrested for operating without a permit was therefore irregular," Bariyo says.
"So police is hiding these people from court because the charge against them cannot stand in court," he adds, "But if police thinks it has a good case, it should produce them in court and we defend them."
In 2014 and 2017, Gulu emerged the best performing district council, according to the Local Government Councils’ Scorecard Report. However, in September 2021, out of 153 local governments assessed by the Office of the Prime Minister - OPM, Gulu did not make it among top 10 districts.