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Abil-Nino Health Centre III Faces Eviction For Trespass

Charles Alexander Okidi, the Lira Kato Sub County Councilor, says that the dispute dates back to 2015 when Acen dragged Agago district local government to court claiming that her paternal uncle donated the land for the construction of the health center with the consent of her family.

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Abil Nino Health Centre III in Lira Kato Sub County in Agago district is facing eviction for alleged trespass on the land measuring approximately 2 acres belonging to Sandrina Acen. Acen has secured an order from the Patongo grade I Magistrate, Nicholas Aisu ordering the health center to vacate the contested land or face forceful eviction.  

The health center has been operating on the contested land for over ten years now. Charles Alexander Okidi, the Lira Kato Sub County Councilor, says that the dispute dates back to 2015 when Acen dragged Agago district local government to court claiming that her paternal uncle donated the land for the construction of the health center with the consent of her family.  

He says that efforts by the district to negotiate with Acen to accept compensation of Shillings 58 million for the land haven’t yielded results. Okidi reveals that despite receiving Shillings 37 million from the district two years back, Acen insists that she owns the land.

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The threat of evicting the health facility has angered residents who are questioning government’s failure to defend the facility in public interest yet they are still grappling with health service delivery. Nancy Okello Layet, a resident of Labora Central village in Lira Kato Sub County, says that the eviction of the health center will affect many people who have been depending on it for health services.

According to Layet, residents should be ready to trek over 10 kilometres to Lira Kato Health Center III, Patongo health center III or Dr. Ambrosolli Memorial Hospital in Kalong town Council once the facility is evicted.  Agago District Health and Education Secretary, Bena Acuma, says that they have done all they can to ensure the facility owns the disputed land fully to offer the much needed health services to the populace but the court order also needs to be respected.

Acuma says that they are left without any other option other than transferring the services to Lira Kato Health Centre as they find ways of mitigating the challenges that will result from the litigation.

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Helen Drajea, the Agago District Health Officer says that they have already notified the

the health ministry of the impasse, saying they are waiting for the advice from the Ministry on how to proceed.  The Agago District LCV Chairperson, Leonard Opio Ojok, says that the district in consultation with some members of the public have volunteered to offer an alternative land within the sub-county to host the facility.

One such volunteer is Hamas George Okure who has offered land measuring three acres to establish a health facility in the area. According to Ojok, the case is an eye-opener for them to ensure that they register all land hosting government facilities to avoid future problems.