Gulu University is trapped in a fresh land dispute with two neighboring education institutions near its main campus in Laroo Division in Gulu Municipality.
Gulu Town Primary and Laroo Seed Secondary schools, which are located south west of the main campus, accuse the public university of trespassing on their land.
Moses Abonga, the Laroo Division LC III chairperson, says the land dispute cropped up when the University was surveying, demarcating and fencing off its land in Forest Ward.
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Laroo seed secondary school is a community secondary school operating in facilities left by former displaced schools at Gulu Town Primary School while Gulu Town Primary School is a government primary school.
They occupy an estimated 12 acres of land in Forest Ward near Gulu University. Abonga says to resolve the conflict; Gulu University has been offered part of the land allocated to Laroo Seed Secondary school.
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Professor George Openjuru Ladaa, the Vice Chancellor Gulu University acknowledged the land dispute, saying the university is considering annexing the two education institutions under its system.
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Prof. Openjuru says having the primary and secondary schools under the University system will benefit them in terms of access to quality university laboratory and other development projects.
Abonga says if incorporating the schools under Gulu University will strengthen or facilitate the development of the two education institutions, Laroo Division Council will consider adopting the plan.
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He says the University is currently processing land titles for its land in Laroo Forest ward as well as Nwoya District. Gulu University has been operating without land for expansion since 2002 when it was founded.