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Govt Starts Opening Boundaries on Disputed Land

The exercise to be conducted by surveyors from the Ministry of Lands led by Wilson Ogaro, the commissioner survey and mappings, will take two weeks.
Lands Minister Betty Amongi addresses residents of Kazinga about the exercise of opening boundaries.

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Government has started opening boundaries on a disputed land claimed by Stephen Irumba, the former Prime Minister of Tooro.

Irumba has been battling government for two years over the ownership of 200 acres of land in Rwentuha Sub County, Kyegegwa district. Irumba accuses the government of grabbing 200 of his 500 acres of land and turning it into a refugee settlement area.

The land in dispute is adjacent to Kyaka I Refugee Settlement where the Ministry of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees resettled more than 100 families in 2016.

Betty Amongi, the Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development launched the exercise at Kazinga Primary School. The exercise that will be conducted by surveyors from the Ministry of Lands led by Wilson Ogaro, the commissioner survey and mappings will take two weeks. 

The exercise was ordered by the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, after meeting Irumba's lawyers and officials from Ministry of Lands and the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness.

Amongi said that the boundaries will be opened based on 1964 topographic map which showed when the land was degazetted as a refugee camp. 

//Cue in; “Let us go to 1964...

Cue out; “…determine where Irumba.”//

Among says that after the exercise, the technical report will be given to the Prime Minister who will take a decision best on the outcome of the report. 

Last year, Irumba threatened to take legal action against the government after several meetings with Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Hillary Onek, the Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees and his deputy Musa Ecweru failed to yield any success. 

Irumba says that he acquired the land in 2003 when it was titled and registered and that he carried out due diligence to ensure that he was purchasing the land genuinely.   

Last year, Irumba petitioned Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda over attacks on his farm.

Irumba said that following the encroachment on his land, twenty workers on his farm fled after they were threatened by the refugees. He also says that some of his livestock have died, others been stolen and trees cut down.

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