Michael Lakony, the Amuru LCV Chairperson says that the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development wired eleven billion shillings to the bank accounts of 55 landowners.
One of the protestors holding a placard. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara
has disbursed 11 Billion shillings for the second phase of land compensation in
Lakang Sub County, Amuru district.
Michael Lakony, the Amuru LCV Chairperson says that the Ministry of Land,
Housing and Urban Development wired eleven billion shillings to the bank
accounts of 55 landowners.
These are part of the 95 landowners under the Lamogi Land Trust Development
Association who in 2020 refused compensation for their lands until fresh
verification was conducted.
According to Lakony, each beneficiary received between 200 and 250 million
shillings. Each acre of land is valued at at least one million and three
hundred thousand shillings.
In 2017, the Government surveyed more than 10,000 hectares of land covering six
villages of Kololo, Omee, Pailyech, Lwak Obito, Lujoro, and Bana in Lakang
Sub-county for the establishment of Madhvani Sugar Factory.
The land reportedly belonged to 209 individuals, 114 of them were paid 11
billion shillings’ compensation.
Lakony says the remaining 40 landowners will be paid within a period of two
weeks in the last phase of the payment. He noted that all those who are fully
paid have been asked to vacate the land to pave ways for the establishment of
the sugar factory.
Geoffrey Osborn Oceng, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner says a team of
experts from the Madhivani Group of Company has already conducted a feasibility
study in the project area.
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