Abdallah Latif Nasuru, the ARLPI Project Senior Officer told URN on Wednesday that the initiative aims at reducing land conflicts especially on boundaries which is rampant in the district based on their surveys.
under the Acholi Religious Leader's Peace Initiative-ARLPI have teamed up with
Omoro District land board to document land in a bid to curb disputes in the
area. ARLPI is implementing the Systematic Land Demarcation
Project to facilitate the survey, plotting, mapping and awarding certificates
for land boundaries in the district.
The one-year-long project being funded by
Trocaire and implemented by ARLPI with support from Omoro district land board
started in July last year. The project has so
far documented land belonging to one hundred and one families in Labora Sub
County and awarded them certificates of ownership both individually and jointly.
Abdallah Latif Nasuru, the Senior ARLPI
Project Officer told URN on Wednesday that the initiative aims at reducing land
conflicts especially on boundaries, which are rampant in the district based on
their surveys. He explained that the customary land ownership in the
district as in other parts of Acholi Sub Region makes it complex to intervene,
mediate and build peace through dialogue whenever land conflicts arise.
to Nasuru, this is largely because of the fact that the mode of land
demarcation such as planting trees, border opening and undocumented mark stones
are unsustainable and can be destroyed willfully. He explained that the
systemic land boundary demarcation is precise, agreeable, and traceable because
it has been fixed on the Global Positioning Systems (GPS), which makes it easy
to handle where need be.
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Andrew Ochola, the Senior Land Management Officer of Omoro district explained
that the land boundary certificate is the first step to acquiring land titles,
which are on high demand but inaccessible to many residents because of the
More than 2,500 households in the district have reportedly
applied for land documents but are cash strapped to complete the process. He
says that cases of land conflicts in the district are rampant due to the lack of permanent
marks and documents. conflicts.
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Ochola says that the initiative will greatly reduce such
conflicts and also add value to people’s land.
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Francis Ojok, the Labora Sub County LC III Chairperson is
optimistic that the boundary certificates and documentation will greatly reduce
the conflicts in his area and ensure security. Lucy Adokorach, a mother of three from Amilobo Village who has benefited from
the initiative told URN on Wednesday that she is now happy that the security
has for her 14 acres plot of land is guaranteed since it is protected from land
grabbers as well.
Maureen Akello, a beneficiary from Laminadera Sub Parish is also grateful that
her land was surveyed and documented at no cost because she could not afford
the expenses. According to reports from Aswa River Region Police, Omoro and
Amuru districts are hot spots for land conflicts with the majority of the cases
involving arson, murders, malicious damage, causing grievous bodily harms and
destruction of properties over land boundaries.
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Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc