This farming season alone, Nantume has already spent 600,000 Shillings for 150 kg of Diammonium phosphate (DAP) fertilizer, 32,000 Shillings for buying two kilograms of DK maize seeds, and intends to purchase about eight liters of Weed Master each at 22,000 Shillings for killing the weed.
Stephen Odong Latek, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner told Uganda Radio Network Monday that a greater section of the Eastern part of Elegu Town Council was submerged by the floods. He says more than 2,000 people had been affected by the flash flood and relocated from the area to safer zones by Monday morning.
The plantation has witnessed a series of fire outbreaks in the past years, which has affected its production. The company is reported to have lost Shillings 3 billion, according to Police annual crime report of 2020 following 2019 regular fire incidences. The December 2021, fire is projected to have caused the factory a loss of 3,000 of the 7,900 acre sugar plantations.
Michael Odora, an Arsenal supporter and Chairperson of the business community in Lajalula Trading Centre who is also treating the condition says they suspect that the food which was cooked in the open could have been poisoned by a dirty-minded person.
Pasitora Kamugisha, a resident of the area, reported that the incident was promptly conveyed to the Elegu police. However, by the time authorities arrived, the structures were already consumed by the flames. Fortunately, no casualties were reported.
Charles Okoya, the Vice Chairperson of Apaa Sub-Parish in Apaa Township told Uganda Radio Network in an interview Friday that the assailants numbering about 100 men had camped in the area for one week.
In 2017, the government surveyed the land and compensated the original landowners to pave the way for the proposed plantation of sugarcane and the establishment of a sugar factory by Madhavani Sugar Factory.
Last week, a team from the Ministry of Water and Environment was forced to call off an environmental impact assessment exercise in the area after the residents turned violent and assaulted the team comprised of experts from the Ministry of Water and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, and staff of Amuru district local government and chased them away.
The aggrieved drivers Tuesday pitched camp at BLD parking in Elegu Town Council and refused to cross into the South Sudan territory over what they describe as persistent harassment by government agencies in the neighboring country.
William Odoki, a survivor of the attack, shared his harrowing experience during an interview with Uganda Radio Network.
Odoki revealed that the LRA rebels approached the IDP camp through Pagak Primary School, catching the deployed UPDF soldiers off guard.
Veronica Akumu, 87, who has now sought refuge at her sister`s home in Agoli Village which is about ten kilometers from her home has attributed the attack on her to a land dispute over more than 50 acres of land which her household is battling with the royal clan of Luboro.
Security sources told URN on Monday that the suspects disclosed that they were mobilized by the local leaders from the Madi Community and at the time of their arrest they were in possession of two pangas, nineteen arrows and two hand hoes.
The Incident happened in Pachilo-Oduti village in the Atiak sub-county. The victims were traveling in a Mercedes Benz Actros Fuel Truck registration number SSD 826U/SSD 900A destined for Nimule in South Sudan from Gulu city.