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Court Blocks Late IGP Oryema’s Descendants from Accessing 6 Disputed Sq Miles

Accoding to Matenga, the interim order of injunction issued restrains the respondents and their agents, relatives, workmen or any other person deriving any interests from them from further trespassing, evicting, intimidating, fencing, demarcating boundary, arresting, renting out, selling, erecting houses or temporary structures, cultivating, alienating and/or in any other way dealing with the suit land measuring approximately 3,700 acres (nearly 6 square miles).
The Aswa Region Police Commander Damalie Nachuha and Nancy Oryema, the granddaughter of Erinayo Oryema inspecting the land for building police post -Photo by Jesse Johnson James

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The Gulu Chief Magistrate Francis Dawa Matenga has issued an order blocking the family of the late Inspector General of Police Wilson Erinayo Oryema from accessing and using their land located in Lagaji Cell, Tangi Ward, Purongo Sub –County in Nwoya District.

The court order issued on 21st of this month electronically from Gulu High Court follows an application to bar the family from using or accessing the land until August 18th, 2021 when the hearing of the main application for a temporary injunction by the High Court Judge shall begin.

The miscellaneous application number 049/2021 was filed early last month by Beatrice Achola Odongo and Daniel Oyo who are claiming 3,700 acres of the estimated 6,000 acres (over 9 square miles) of land belonging to the late Oryema. Their application arose from Civil Suit number 039/2010 where they challenged court’s ruling on the ownership of the land in question which was in favor of the late Oryema’s family.

In the copy of the ruling obtained by URN, Matenga observed that when the respondents –Mary Onen, Elizabeth Atim Oryema William Oryema and Nancy Wilson Oryema were served, Nancy Wilson Oyrema was the only one who replied but also without accompanying it by submissions as directed, meaning the other respondents do not challenge the application.

Accoding to Matenga, the interim order of injunction issued restrains the respondents and their agents, relatives, workmen or any other person deriving any interests from them from further trespassing, evicting, intimidating, fencing, demarcating boundary, arresting, renting out, selling, erecting houses or temporary structures, cultivating, alienating and/or in any other way dealing with the suit land measuring approximately 3,700 acres (nearly six square miles).

He said the interim order of injunction will in effect be in the interest of the Applicant until the determination of the Main Application for temporary injunction or until further orders of the Court.

Nancy Wilson Oryema, the granddaughter of the late Wilson Erinayo Oryema says the court injunction has greatly affected the establishment of the Police Station in the memory of her grandfather since the workers at the site are facing intimidation and threats on their lives by people enforcing the court order.

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She says in the part of the land that court has stopped them from using or accessing, they had planted over 400 acres of rice and that their lawyers have written to court challenging the injunction.

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The late Wilson Erinayo Oryema was the first Uganda’s Inspector General of Police who served from 1964 to 1971 before serving as Minister for Land, Mineral and Water Resources and Land, Housing and Physical Planning between 1971 and 1977.

In February 1977, Oryema was killed by Amin’s Army alongside Archbishop Janani Luwum and Interior Minister Charles Oboth Ofumbi. He was reburied in September 2014 at his ancestral home in Tangi Village, Nwoya district.

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