Uganda Wild Authority is yet to resolve the Angisa land conflict in Katakwi district despite directives by President, Yoweri Museveni to resolve the matter expeditiously.
While campaigning for Joseph Koluo, the NRM party candidate for the Toroma County MP by-elections in May 2017, Museveni directed UWA to resolve the conflict with the community over the 300sq Kilometer piece of land.
The land borders Karamoja and Teso sub-regions in Angisa parish, Magoro Sub County in Katakwi district. Residents claim ownership of the disputed land, while UWA claims the land is part of Cianupe game reserve in Nakapiripirit district.
However, the Authority has remained silent on the matter almost four months after the president's directive. Viola Akurut, Katakwi Woman Member of Parliament is concerned by the delay by UWA to resolve the dispute.
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Akurut says there is need to resolve the dispute within the shortest time possible to allow people the affected people to settle down.
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Norbert Okello, one of the affected residents is also concerned about the delay to resolve the conflict. According to Okello, their lives were disorganized when they were evicted from the contested land. More than 1000 people were evicted by UWA from the contested land in Angisa parish in Magoro Sub County.
John Gesa, the UWA Spokesperson, says they are still consulting with the Lands Ministry to survey the disputed land.
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Gesa says they expect to embark on the boundary survey once they are done with the Mt. Elgon survey exercise.