In September 2021, Ssalamu Godfrey Ngobi, the Assistant Registrar of Lira High Court issued a temporary injunction restraining Ibuje sub-county and Matrix Lands from carrying out any activities at Ibuje rock.
Court disposal letter obtained by URN
High Court in Lira City on Thursday dismissed a
court injunction blocking Ibuje sub-county leaders and Matrix Lands Ltd. from
quarrying stone at Ibuje rock in Apac District. This brings the disputes over eighty hectares of rock that started in the early 1990s to another halt.
Initially, Sadeen Al-Kuwait, the company that was
contracted to undertake Rwengkunye-Apac-Lira-Puranga road construction was
expected to use aggregate generated by Matrix Lands Ltd from the said rock.
In September 2021, Ssalamu Godfrey Ngobi, the Assistant
Registrar of Lira High Court issued a temporary injunction restraining Ibuje
sub-county and Matrix Lands from carrying out any activities at Ibuje rock.
The injunction grounded all road works requiring
aggregates to a halt, pending the disposal of the application by Sophia Okune,
the administrator of the Estate of the late Hon. Joseph William Okune and
Awino Stone Quarry Cooperative Society.
Okune’s family accused Ibuje sub-county leaders, two
other defendants and Matrix Lands Ltd who was contracted to provide stones for
tarmacking Rwenkunye-Apac-Lira Road of trespass.
However, in a case that appeared before Hon. Justice
Duncan Gaswaga, the Resident Judge Lira High Court Thursday, the court
dismissed the application and ordered both applicants to pay the costs of the
Gaswaga in his dismissal directed the learned
Registrar of Lira High Court to make the necessary arrangements with all the
concerned parties for the final execution of the judgments.
“The learned Registrar of this Court makes necessary
arrangements with all the concerned parties for the final execution of the judgments
in a period not later than 4 weeks from now,” he ruled.
Dickens Kennedy Odongo, the chairperson of all LCV chairpersons
in Lango welcomed the disposal with excitement. In October last year, Lango LCV
chairpersons petitioned the Attorney General to have the injunction reviewed because
it was denying the community a chance to utilize the natural resources in their
Trouble started in 1991 when the late Hon. Joseph
William Okune applied and received a lease to use the rock for 5 years.
However, no extension was made prompting the sub-county to take ownership of the
rock and gave it to matrix Lands for quarrying the road works.
Okune’s family sued the sub-county, Matrix Ltd, and two other individuals
claiming the interests of the late Okune had moved to his wife as the administrator
of his estate. In 2019, the court awarded 10 out of the 80
hectares of the land on which the rock sits to Sophina Okune and 70 hectares to