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Katakwi Residents Protest Land Grabbing

In May, MPs Peter Ogwang of Usuk County and Viola Akurut, the Katakwi Woman MP took government officials to privately survey and plant mark-stones in their land. They claimed that the land belonged to the government and it was being gazetted to implement a resilience programme of veterinary animals.
The angry residents of Aguyaguya sub county in Katakwi district listening to the police before they changed

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Residents of Aguyaguya Sub County in Katakwi district have accused the area Members of Parliament for grabbing their land.

According to the aggrieved residents, the land targeted by the government measures 36, 523 acres covering 12 villages of Olilim, Aterai, Akoboi and Alekilek among others.

In May, MPs Peter Ogwang of Usuk County and Viola Akurut, the Katakwi Woman MP took government officials to privately survey and plant mark-stones in their land. They claimed that the land belonged to the government and it was being gazetted to implement a resilience programme of veterinary animals.

On Sunday during a meeting attended by more than 500 people from the 21 different affected clans, the enraged residents directly accused the MPs of orchestrating the deal.

Joseph Ejoku, Katakwi district LCV councillor accused Ogwang and Akurut for betraying the electorate.

“As member of this community, we are very sure that our MPs in Katakwi are too much involved because we have tried to invite them for meetings and they intentionally fail to attend”. Ejoku said.

Ejoku explains further that Ogwang had called for a meeting at Katakwi district headquarters of his NRM agents and allegedly gave out 30,000 shillings to each participant to support the land deal. 

Michael Ekellot Amodoi, an elder, says that they will not accept to be forced out of their ancestral land in the name of implementing government programmes.

During the meeting, the residents resolved to write a petition to the President, Parliament and the land probe commission chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.

Ogwang and Akurut however, denied knowledge of the disputed land.



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