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URN saw land title ownership by Moroto Municipality issued on June 23rd, 2016. However, attempts for the comment from Bishop Guzzetti Damiano of Moroto Diocese were futile as his known telephone was switched off by the time compiling this story.
Public Toilet on the contested plot in Nakapelimen.

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Land disputes between Moroto Municipal Council and Moroto Catholic Diocese has delayed the construction of sanitary facilities in the Modern Market. 

The land measuring only 0.1170 hectares is located along Lopedo Road in Nakapelimen village, next to Lopeduru Central Market construction site.  It also borders the new cathedral church construction site for the Catholics in Moroto district.  

According to Peter Adeli, the site Engineer for Ambitious Construction Co. LTD, a company undertaking the construction of Moroto Market, they were stopped from commencing construction works by some of the officials from the Catholic Church. 

In the last site visit by Moroto Municipal officials, Ministry of Local Government, contractor and traders, Adeli reported that the planned works for the toilet have been affected, calling on Moroto Municipal authorities to speed up negotiations over the land. 

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But Isaiah Tumwesigye, the Moroto Municipal Town Clerk, says the land belongs to the municipal council.  “I don’t know why there should be contest over this land when we have the land title for that plot. This should be speculators on land seeking compensation. We shall sort it out as soon as possible”, he said in the meeting. 

URN saw land title ownership by Moroto Municipality issued on June 23rd, 2016.  However, attempts for the comment from Bishop Guzzetti Damiano of Moroto Diocese were futile as his known telephone was switched off by the time compiling this story. 

Samson Lokeris, the Nakapelimen village chairperson, says the plot was fenced off by the church after survey before his election in 2017.  “The church also claims that they have a land title for the same land while the municipality also has the same claim. My predecessor could be knowing more but he not around”, he said.

The contested plot is currently hosting a public toilet constructed for the community in Nakapelimen in 2010. The plot is next to the new cathedral but is outside the main fence for the church. Residents neighboring the contested plot told URN that the church agreed to fence out the plot to allow resident access to the toilets due to lack of pit latrines in the area.

Currently, the construction works at Moroto Modern Market main buildings are above 60%. The facility is expected to be handed over in December, 2019.