John Richard Opio, the Katakwi District RNM party chairperson, says the Angisa land feud is long overdue. He says the feud is a great obstacle to NRM party candidates in the area and wants the matter resolved as soon as possible.
President, Yoweri Museveni has directed Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA to swiftly resolve the Angisa land wrangle in Katakwi district. Museveni gave the directive while campaigning for Joseph Koluo, the NRM party candidate for the Toroma county MP by-elections at Magoro primary school this afternoon.
More than 1000 people were displaced from Angisa village in Magoro Sub County as a result of a land dispute with Uganda Wildlife Authority. The contested 300sq Kilometer piece of land, borders Karamoja and Teso sub-regions. UWA contends that the contested land is a gazetted game reserve while the residents on the other hand claim they inherited the land from their forefathers.
In his speech this afternoon, president, Museveni asked UWA to consider settling the matter amicably with residents as opposed to evicting them. He promised to personally ensure the matter is resolved as soon as possible so as to allow the residents to utilize the land sustainably.
Rose Akello, a resident of Magoro Sub County has welcomed Museveni's directive, saying UWA had blocked them from utilising the land which they were using as a hunting and grazing ground for their animals. She is optimistic that their long standing feud with UWA will be resolved with the intervention of the president.
John Richard Opio, the Katakwi District RNM party chairperson, says the Angisa land feud is long overdue. He says the feud is a great obstacle to NRM party candidates in the area and wants the matter resolved as soon as possible. Peter Ogwang, the Usuk county MP dismisses claims by UWA that the disputed land is part of Cianupe game reserve in Nakapiripirit district.
He accuses UWA for ignoring their pleas to resolve the conflict with residents. The Toroma county MP fell vacant in March this year following the death of the former MP, Cyrus Amodoi in a motor accident along Kampala-Jinja Road, which claimed the lives of 13 passengers. Electoral Commission has set May 18th as the date for the by-elections.
The by election has attracted eight candidates including Andrew Omiat, the Uganda People's Congress party candidate, Martin Omedo Odaka-FDC and five independents including Solomon Osiya, Patrick Edyangu Ayeku, Robert Ekongot, Steven Ariko and Robert Imalingat. Daniel Othieno, the Katakwi Electoral Commission Registrar, says they are set for the polls come Thursday May 18th, 2017.