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Lira District On the Spot for Parceling Out Police Land :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Lira District On the Spot for Parceling Out Police Land

Dr. Jacob Oweta, the Lira District Land Board Chairperson, says the process of allocation has temporarily been halted pending clearance from court. He says the land in question was allocated local investors for commercial and residential use.
Copy of the public notice sent out by the Chief Administrative Officer,Mark Tivu

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Lira district local government is on the spot for attempting to allocate over 60 plots of land that used to host the administration units of the disbanded Local Administration Police to private developers.

The land in question is found at Erute village, Railways Division. On July 4th, 2018, the Lira Chief Administrative Officer, Mark Tivu advertised the available the land that is adjacent to the new Akii-Bua Memorial Stadium.

However, Lira High Court issued an interim injunction about two weeks ago blocking the decision by Lira District Land Board to allocate the land to developers. The injunction stemmed from a petition filed by some residents of Lira town protesting the council decision to parcel out the said land.

Steven Alele, a resident of Ojwina Division and one of the petitioners, says the district council has no mandate over the said land since it belongs to Uganda Police Force.

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He says Uganda Police Force inherited the land from the disbanded Local Administration Police under article 67 (c) of the Police Amended Act.

Anthony Odur, another petitioner wonders why the district deliberately failed to announce details of the plots they intend to dispose of.

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Isaac Omara, a lawyer and one of the petitioners, says their decision is meant to protect public property in the area. Omara argues that other public land has been stolen under similar circumstance.

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Dr. Jacob Oweta, the Lira District Land Board Chairperson, says the process of allocation has temporarily been halted pending clearance from court. He says the land in question was allocated local investors for commercial and residential use.

He says the allocation was approved by the district council. This is not the first time Lira District Land Board is on spotlight for erroneously allocating public land to private developers.

In 2014, the Lira District Land Board allocated some plots of land at Tipper Stage to some political leaders, a decision that was challenged in court. The matter is still before Lira High Court.