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Ediofe Cathedral Parish in Land Row with Private School

The over two acres of land located in Ediofe Mission village Komite parish, former Pajulu Sub County is reported to be belonging to Ediofe Cathedral Parish after it was handed by the then locals to Comboni Missionaries over 100 years ago.
Police CLO Micah Avubieng with locals on the disputed land in Ediofe

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The administration of Ediofe Cathedral Parish in Arua District is engulfed in a bitter land row with a private school owner with each accusing the other of criminal trespass.

The over two acres of land located in Ediofe Mission village Komite parish, former Pajulu Sub County is reported to be belonging to Ediofe Cathedral Parish after it was handed by the then locals to Comboni Missionaries over 100 years ago, but according to Pontius Afayoa the proprietor of Happy Day Nursery and Primary school, the administration of Ediofe has decided to trespass on his land he purchased in late 2000.

The rift between Afayoa and the Ediofe Parish Administration took a new twist in 2016 after the Parish Administration took Afayoa to court and the matter is still pending disposal by the judges.

Afayoa says that he surprised after he returned two days from his village, to find that part of the road he uses was blocked, adding that several attempts have been made by the Parish Administration of Ediofe to grab his land and school, forcing him to report the matter to police.

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Monsignor Kasto Adeti the Parish Priest Ediofe Cathedral Parish said they blocked the road because a new road had been created in the Church land.

Afayoa opened the road without the knowledge of the church and we blocked this road because what we know is this land belongs to the church and there is no way someone will come to open a road from this land unless with the authority of the Parish or the diocese,”

But Albino Aruayi one of the landlords who sold part of the land to Afayoa has dismissed the claim by Ediofe Cathedral Parish Administration saying the land is no longer under lease as the church claims.

According to him, the Parish administration has assumed ownership of the land and yet the original landlords are present in the area.

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Micah Avubieng the Police Community Liaison Officer Arua in a meeting to resolve the impasse between Afayoa and Ediofe Cathedral Parish urged the Diocese to open the road and wait for Court pronouncement on the matter.

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In December 2018, locals from the three clans of Andruvu, Komite and Odruvu where the Arua Catholic Diocese is located took the diocese to court claiming they had not paid ground rent for 99 years amounting to billions of shillings and also demanded renewal of the lease or else their land reverts to them.

The matter was taken to Arua High Court and is still pending the Court decision.

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