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Delayed Resettlement of Beneti Community Angers Kween Leaders

In 1993, UWA demarcated the park and found that the Beneti people were settling on 7,500 hectares of land instead of the 6,000 hectares which had been allocated to them. Over 6,000 people were rendered landless and are now living in camps of Kisitu, Kwoti, Lwanda, Kisangani, Cheberen, Titim and Teriet.
07 Feb 2020 11:30
Some of the Beneti Community in a camp in Kween District

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Leaders in Kween District are bitter with by government for delaying to resettle the Beneti-Ndorobo community who were displaced by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) from Mt Elgon National Park. 


In 1993, UWA demarcated the park and found that the Beneti people were settling on 7,500 hectares of land instead of the 6,000 hectares which had been allocated to them.

 

Over 6,000 people were evicted and rendered landless and are now living in camps of Kisitu, Kwoti, Lwanda, Kisangani, Cheberen, Titim and Teriet.

    

In 2016, the government announced that they had secured 9 Billion Shillings for their resettlement. They were promised land titles and iron sheets for their permanent houses.

                                 

Joselin Chelimo, the Kween District Speaker says that the people living in the camps are suffering due to lack of basic needs such as food and health services.

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Sophie Chelenganti, the District Councillor for Beneti Sub County wonders why government has taken this long to fulfill its promise. She says that the government has neglected its role of providing of services to its people. 

      

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Moses Mwanga, another councillor wants the displaced people to be given grazing rights in the park until when government resettles them.  

 

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Peter Satya Chapa, the LCIII Chairperson Ngenge sub-county said that the government should give money to the displaced people such that they can buy land and resettle.

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Fred Chebeti, the LCIII Chairperson of Beneti Sub County says that district leaders have not helped them in advocating for resettlement.

Denis Ephraim Balwanilewa, the Kween Resident District Commissioner said that government has already earmarked 1,000 acres of land to resettle the Beneti, but its awaiting cabinet approval.   

              

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