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