Farmers in Akokoro Sub-County of Apac District have said they expect Gen. Henry Tumukunde to return Maruzi Ranch to them if he becomes
The farmers were meeting Gen. Tumukunde at a campaign
meeting in Awila Parish during his campaign tour of Lango on Friday.
The ranch which is located in Akokoro Sub County, Apac district
measures approximately some 64 square kms.
It had previously been occupied by some 40,000 families mainly former Internally
Displaced Persons from East Lango districts of Otuke, Alebtong, and Lira who
had fled LRA rebels' insurgency from the early 1990s up to 2000.
Residents last year objected to a recommendation by President
Yoweri Museveni that 54 square kms of the ranch be allocated to Hill Side
Agriculture Ltd for Palm Oil growing and production leaving 10 square miles for
However during the meeting with Gen. Tumukunde, a farmer Emmanuel
Ogolo lamented that they have not even received the 10 square
miles that they were promised in the Ranch.
He says that they are being harassed to remove their animals
from the ranch and yet they have nowhere to go.
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Another farmer says the government has awarded land to
outsiders instead of making sure that the locals of Akokoro Sub-county benefit
from the land.
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Gen. Tumukunde told the residents not to just demand for 10
sq kms but to claim the entire 60 square kms that the ranch covers.
He said that the farmers have a right to demand for their
lost cattle and the entire expanse of the ranch in order to develop their