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The disputed land in question measures about 60 square miles which stretches and covers parts of Lagoro and Lalano Sub Counties in Kitgum district, Wol in Agago district, and Latanya in Pader district.
in Kitgum, Pader, and Agago districts are living in fear of a looming
eviction following a longstanding land dispute between the community and the
East Acholi Cooperatives Union Limited.
land in question measures about 60 square miles which stretches and covers
parts of Lagoro and Lalano Sub Counties in Kitgum district, Wol in Agago
district, and Latanya in Pader district. The land hosts numerous permanent
homes, gardens among other structures, and public institutions including Buluzi
Primary School in Lagoro Sub County, Kitgum district, and Okwadoko Health Centre
III in Wol Sub County, Agago district.
residents are now threatened with an eviction to pave way for the development of
the disputed land following a court ruling that declared that Laber Ranch
belongs to the East Acholi Cooperatives Union.
Chairperson Lagoro Sub County Michael Okello admits that there has been a
longstanding dispute in court dating back to 1989 between a resident Olango
Lubok and the East Acholi Cooperatives Union. Okello says the matter was still
before the court but they were surprised after receiving a letter last week from
the East Acholi Cooperative Union notifying authorities to register all the
affected residents pending evictions after the court ruled in their favor.
ruling on September 2 2021 presided over by the then Kitgum Chief Magistrate
Nasulu Hussein Ntalo declared that the land in question belongs to East Acholi
Cooperatives Union and ordered all occupants to vacate the suit land in Lamogi
and Buluzi villages. According to Okello, the affected villages in
Lagoro Sub County are Lanyaiko, Buluzi, Buluzi Central, Lamogi, Atem, Ateka B, Kiwer
in Buluzi parish, and Bolo, Laber, and Burlobo in Laber parish.
……jami ma megi”//
The Wol Sub
County LCIII Chairperson Thomas Ojok Akaka wonders how a dispute involving the
Cooperatives Union and an individual in Kitgum District could stretch over in
his area saying residents are ready to seek a temporary court injunction over
any eviction. According to Akaka, the most affected villages in Rogo parish
include Okwadoko, Odokomit, Acutomer and Langiya, and the trading centres of Logung
“Jo me union…..
……ni ngo opeke”//
County LCIII Chairperson Bosco Ongom Cankura says the occupants were first
threatened with dispossession in 2019 but local leaders convened a meeting and
unanimously resolved to block any further activities by the union on their land.
He adds that the union is irregularly claiming ownership of large chunks of
land in the area as opposed to only six acres they were reportedly given to
them by the person they are in court within the ’70s.
…..not be taken”//
who claims ancestral ownership of over 300 acres of land in the disputed area
since 1970 equally expressed worry that they are claiming more land than a
small piece they were given by the community. According to Otto, they are the
rightful owners of the land and they have documents to claim it and cannot be
evicted without being given a fair hearing.
The Kitgum resident district Commissioner
William Komakech urged the residents to remain calm saying as security they
have not yet received any notification of overseeing any impending eviction.
Komkaech however says they are in talks with officials of East Acholi
Cooperatives Union and the affected residents as government to seek a lasting
solution to the dispute.
get a comment from Henry Komakech, the Manager of the East Acholi Cooperatives
Unions were unsuccessful after he declined to talk on the matter.