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MAAIF Repossess Soroti Contested Market Land

Dr Robert Ojala, the Senior Veterinary Inspector in charge of North Eastern Uganda told the City and district leaders that the Ministry had decided to repossess the land and will be used as a quarantine station for Teso Sub Region.
Dr. Robert Ojala, the Senior Veterinary Inspector in charge of North- Eastern Uganda.

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, MAAIF has repossessed over 200 acres of land in Soroti.

Early this month, Soroti City Councillors locked horns with the district leadership after the district authorities destroyed structures at Amukaru, an area belonging to Aloet Ward in Soroti City.

The city councillors accused the district authorities of frustrating efforts by the city to create revenue from Amukaru market. They also faulted the LCV Chairperson Simon Peter Edoru Ekuu and the Resident District Commissioner, Patrick Okumu for setting a parallel weekly market at Akaikai in Arapai Sub County.

But the district said that they had only relocated from their old site to Akaikai which belongs to the district. Soroti District has been running a weekly market, Arapai, every Thursday, which was affected by the creation of Soroti City.

On Tuesday, Dr Robert Ojala, the Senior Veterinary Inspector in charge of North Eastern Uganda told the City and district leaders that the Ministry had decided to repossess the land and will be used as a quarantine station for Teso Sub Region.

Dr Ojala said that plans are underway to correct issues of boundaries and illegal occupants on the disputed land.

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Luke Lokuda, the Chief Administrative Officer of Soroti says that the decision by MAAIF to repossess the land is timely especially at the time when tempers were high between the two institutions.

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Emmanuel Okaja, the Deputy City Clerk in Soroti said the move by MAAIF is welcome but asked them to make the best use of the land to protect it from encroachers.

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The struggle for the weekly market area between the district and the city was contained following intervention of security personnel.