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Court Sets Date for Madhvani Case Ruling

After years of legal battles, the Gulu high court has finally set a date to rule on a case that could pave way for the trial to determine whether or not Madhvani group of company rightfully acquired the 20,000 hectares of land it plans to use for establishing a sugar factory.
The High Court in Gulu has finally set a date when a ruling will be made in a case in which Madhvani group of companies is accused of wrongful acquisition of land in  Amuru.

The ruling is expected to pave way for the trial to determine whether or not Madhvani group of company rightfully acquired the 20,000 hectares of land it plans to use for establishing a sugar factory.

Justice Wilson Musene, the new Gulu resident Judge, this morning said the ruling on the injunction that was imposed in 2008 will take place on Friday at 9am.

The ruling is expected to end years of waiting by the Madvhani and other parties that were sued for alleged wrongful acquisition of the land.

In 2008, Acholi Members of Parliament; Michael Ocula, Concy Aciro and Penytoo David together with two other individuals sued Amuru district land board, , Christine Atimango; the Amuru district secretary for Land Board and Major Julius Oketa; the Army MP together with Madhvani group of company for fraudulent allocation and trespass respectively.

The complainants alleged that the district land board fraudulently leased out pieces of land at Omee Lujoro village, Pailyec parish in Amuru district to Madhvani group of company through its subsidiary called Amuru Sugar Works Limited. They also contested the manner in which Oketa acquired land in the area.

The injunction restrained the district land board from further allocation of land and also barred the parties that had already acquired the land from carrying out any development on them until the case challenging the allocation was resolved.

Alfred Okello Oryem, one of the lawyers for the complainants and Paul Kutesa, one of the lawyers for the accused parties say they are looking forward to the ruling although the legal representatives for the accused persons initially made an unsuccessful attempt to convince court to throw out the case.

Several members of the public who have since picked keen interest on the Amuru land saga packed the court room as the session went on. 

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