The land, located along Soroti Road, in Moroto district was reportedly gazzeted in the 1940s as an agricultural demonstration site for the region. However, it was encroached on and now hosts more than 50 households, with a community of more than 150 people.
In an emergency meeting convened at Lopeduru Village in Kotido Municipal Council, the chairpersons said some of the most vulnerable members of their communities are severely starving and can’t even afford one meal a day.
The houses were constructed in 2011 as a project under the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund NUSAF administered by the Office of the Prime Minister. But they soon turned into a white elephant when they developed gaping holes and cracks that forced the occupants out, sooner than expected.