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Court Orders 15 Families Off Soroti University Land

Okalebo wants the affected residents to vacate the land as soon as possible to allow the University to continue with its planned development on the land.
High court has ordered 15 households to vacate a disputed piece of land in Apuuton village in Arapai Sub County in Soroti district belonging to Soroti University. 

Justice David Batema issued the eviction orders in his judgment on application by Soroti University implicating the affected households for encroaching on its land on plot 50. 

He disregarded a request by the affected families to grant them four months to vacate the disputed land. Some of the affected residents are Augustine Erimu, William Ocen, Geresem Ewotu and Charles Okiria among others. 

Geresem Ewotu expressed disappointment with the judgment, saying the judge didn't consider the time they have spent on the contested piece of land. Charles Okiria, another resident asked court to compel Soroti University and Teso College Aloet to compensate them, saying they have been residents on the 9-acre piece of land for over 60 years. 

But Daniel Okalebo from Okurut and Company advocates who represented Soroti University has welcomed the judgment. Okalebo wants the affected residents to vacate the land as soon as possible to allow the University to continue with its planned development on the land. 

Recently, the Lands, Housing and Urban Development Ministry conducted a boundary opening exercise and found the 15 families inside the university land. The report also shows that 11 families are still occupying 14 acres of land on plot 50 that belongs to the University. 

Juma Hassan Nyene, the Soroti University Spokesperson, recently told journalists they have already resettled five out of the 15 families that had encroached on the University land.

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