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7,000 Cattle Occupy Amuru Sugarcane Land, Owners Given Ultimatum

According to Amuru Deputy RDC Geoffrey Oceng, a security meeting he held with local leaders and the 4th division commander Brigadier Bonny Bamwiseki, held on Sunday gave a seven-day ultimatum to the cattle owners to vacate the area or risk losing their animals.

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The Amuru district security committee has given a seven-day ultimatum to the owners of over 5,000 heads of cattle being reared in the Amuru sugar works project in Lakang sub county Amuru district.   

The Amuru sugar project is a joint venture between the Madhvani Group and the government. Upon negotiating with landowners, the Lands ministry successfully completed the acquisition of more than 10,000 hectares of land meant to set up sugarcane estates.

Having spent at least 15 billion shillings to fully pay off 114 land owners, with only some 95 former owners waiting for some balances to be paid, government took full ownership of the land.

Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Deputy RDC Amuru district says they received several concerns from the people living around the project of mostly cows destroying food crops.

Oceng notes that, so far over 7,000 heads of cattle are being grazed in the areas of Tee-Okutu, Bombayi, Orego and Kololo villages in Lakang Sub County. 

  

Oceng says that, so far over 150 acres of food crops including rice, maize among others have been destroyed by cattle being reared by the 'Balalo' group of people mostly from Bulisa and Hoima districts.

 

According to Amuru Deputy RDC Geoffrey Oceng, a security meeting he held with local leaders and the 4th division commander Brigadier Bonny Bamwiseki, held on Sunday gave a seven-day ultimatum to the cattle owners to vacate the area or risk losing their animals. 

 

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Cue out … the land immediately”//.

  

Michael Ochora, the LCI chairperson of Orego village, one of the villages affected by the destruction inflicted by the heads of cattle blames the people who have been paid for their land for wanting to make extra money by hiring out their lands.

  

According to Ochora, the challenge of herdsmen rearing their animals in the area has persisted since January this year.    

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