According to sources, land grabbing is rampant in Padolo in Erusi Sub County, Nebbi district, Patera in Atyak and Panyigoro areas in Pakwach Sub County in the newly created Pakwach district.
Alur King His Majesty Olarker Phillip Raunii III makes consultations from the Kingdom Attorney General Opio Oketch at a function on Friday.
The Alur King, Phillip Olarker Rauni III has raised a red flag against the illegal disposal of kingdom land by some chiefs. In a two page dossier issued to journalists, Rauni says some kingdom loyalists now look at chiefs as a nuisance and people without values due to the illegal sale of kingdom land.
He also says some of the chiefs are threatening unsuspecting subjects using witchcraft to lure them into surrendering their land. According to sources, land grabbing is rampant in Padolo in Erusi Sub County, Nebbi district, Patera in Atyak and Panyigoro areas in Pakwach Sub County in the newly created Pakwach district.
The others are Agule and Acer in Ndhew Sub County Nebbi district. In the dossier, Rauni attributes the land grabbing to poverty among some of the chiefs, saying many of them are finding it difficult to survive owing to the biting poverty.
"My chiefs have not been spared by the prevailing high poverty index in the country. The most unfortunate thing here is that the chiefs who are supposed to be nonpartisan in land cases are now the ones involved in such heinous acts", reads part of the dossier.
The Kingdom Attorney General, Bob Opio Oketch, said they have received several complaints from the community about the illegal land sale. "Several reports from members of the community received of late point accusing fingers to local chiefs having a hand in those land related matters, something which is creating mistrust and insecurity in the Kingdom,” he said.
He said chiefs are involved in 8 out of 10 cases of land conflicts reported in Alur Kingdom. The King has instituted a probe team led by the Kingdom's Attorney General to look into the allegations of illegal sale of kingdom land and present a report to his office within two months for action.