Arrow Square that was in the custody of the Indian community has of late been contested by a businessman in Soroti who wants to set there an arcade. The same applies to Soroti Golf Club where Pilgrim Africa, a non- governmental organization has acquired a land title.
Residents of Soroti
Town are questioning the ownership of Golf Club land and Arrow Square. Both
areas are under tight security and restricted to the public.
The two host golf activities and cricket respectively. The Golf Club land is located along Lira Road,
occupying approximately 40 acres while the Arrow Square sits on plots 14-24
along School Road opposite Pioneer Primary School- Northern Division.
Arrow Square that was in the custody of the Indian community
has of late been contested by a businessman in Soroti who wants to set there an
arcade. The same applies to Soroti Golf Club where Pilgrim Africa, a non-
governmental organization has acquired a land title.
In 2008, Pilgrim, reportedly approached Soroti Golf Club
seeking a partnership to develop the Club. Pilgrim proposed to rehabilitate the
club especially the golf course, swimming pool and at a later stage, build a
Raymond Ekadu, the President Soroti Golf Club, says the
organization had ulterior motives of taking ownership of the land, which they
are battling in court.
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Julius Oculi, the Chairman of Soroti Boda- boda association,
says the contention on the land has denied the local community access to the
places that used to feed and entertain them.
He notes that Golf Club hosted a
number of activities like parking for long distance drivers, training grounds
for drivers under instructions and fruits for the hungry residents.
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Grace Apolot, a resident of Cell D in Soroti Town wants
municipal authorities to explain how individuals acquired the land without
“Almost all the public land in this town has been taken over
by individuals. Talk of the bus park, golf club and others. How do we develop
without land yet public servants within municipality and the district are
watching land giveaway?” she said.
Emmanuel Okaja, the Deputy Town Clerk Soroti Municipality,
says the land issues have been ably handled by the municipal authorities,
adding that some of the land contentions are now in court.
“Soroti Golf Club land contention is in High Court and the
same matter was reported to Bamugemereire Commission of Land Inquiry last year.
Other land disputes have been administratively handled and the municipality is
following all developments unfolding”, he said.
Solomon Osea, one of the Directors of Pilgrim Africa declined
to comment when contacted.