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Government Formalises Kasese Pastoralists Resettlement

The chairman of the Government Technical Team Dr. Fred Wesonga is now leading a team of surveyors in Kasese to open the boundaries so that both pastoralists and cultivators acquire land tittles through their cooperatives formed at the time of resettlement.
The government technical team on land matters has started the much awaited survey to open boundaries for the land that was distributed among the pastoralists and cultivators in Kasese district five years ago.

In 2008 government allocated fifteen thousand acres of land to settle pastoralists who were earlier repatriated from Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The cultivators who were displaced in the process were also resettled.

The inter-ministerial committee set up to resettle them only found eleven thousand acres from the Prison and UPDF production land that was distributed in the ratio of 3:1 acres to pastoralists and cultivators respectively.

The chairman of the Government Technical Team Dr. Fred Wesonga is now leading a team of surveyors in Kasese to open the boundaries so that both pastoralists and cultivators acquire land tittles through their cooperatives formed at the time of resettlement.

However, pastoralists led by Festo Kajura Baala wanted to resist the new survey fearing that it is aimed at reducing their land giving it to the cultivators. They vowed to resist any attempts to make them landless while some commit to die why defending what dully belongs to them.

But Dr. Wesonga says that government has no intention to resettle the landless but the exercise is aimed at streamlining land ownership by those already resettled. This was during a sensitization meeting held in Kasese yesterday.

Today’s survey starts at Nkoko village where the team is also making attempts to find another sixty acres to resettle the cultivators in Kitswamba sub-county whose original potion of land was found to be swampy.

Although Dr. Wesonga describes as criminal, the increase in the number of cultivators resettled in Nkoko in 2006 which has surged from 46 to over 200 in 2013. He said there was no scientific way in which people can multiply like that.

The district Chairman Lt. Col. Dura Mawa Muhindo, the Resident District Commissioner Milton Odongo and Dr. Wesonga together resolved that security be provided to have the land surveyed for the benefit of the people who wanted to own the land permanently.

 

 

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