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Gulu Residents Raise Concern Over Abandoned, Undeveloped Plots

Kevin Omona, a resident in Pece Division says that the abandoned plots have existed for years and the owners should be compelled to sell them off to potential developers.
Some of the delapidated grass thatched houses condemned for demolition in Labourline, Tegwana Parish in Pece Dvision - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Residents and leaders in Gulu town have expressed concern over the undeveloped and abandoned plots that have turned bushy and into garbage dumping grounds.

The plots are located at Industrial Area, Tegwana parish, Kanyagoga, and Forest Wards in Layibi, Pece, Bardege and Laroo Divisions respectively. The structures have also become hideouts for street bandits who terrorize residents at night.

Kevin Omona, a resident in Pece Division says that the abandoned plots have existed for years and the owners should be compelled to sell them off to potential developers. 

 

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Robert Ocitti, a resident of Bardege contends that since property owners were unable to develop the plots while Gulu town was a municipality, they won’t do much to conform with pending city architectural plan.

 

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  Francis Odoki, a concerned resident of Gulu town says that the municipal authorities should give grace period to the owners to develop the plots. 

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Edward Kiwanuka, the Town Clerk says that they are already compiling the list of all undeveloped plots and dilapidated buildings and will interface with the owners to chat a way forward to develop their plots.

In March this year, Cabinet approved plans to elevate Gulu among nine other municipalities into city status, to become operational by July 2020. The other municipalities include Arua, Jinja, Fort Portal, and Mbarara while Hoima and Mbale will become cities in July 2021.