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.
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
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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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
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
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.