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Land Management to Dominate Karamoja Cultural Day

Karamoja Cultural Day is an annual event commissioned in 2014 from Moroto district. The function brings together Ateker Cluster group of people from Teso, Turkana in Kenya, Nyangatom of Ethiopia and the Toposa of South Sudan.
Women carrying Karamoja buffet during cultural day celebrations in Kotido.

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The Elders' Council of Karamoja and elites are set to discuss new measures of land management in the region.

Land and natural resources management are some of the key issues informing discussions during the Karamoja Cultural Day events in Kaabong district this week.

Karamoja Cultural Day is an annual event commissioned in 2014 from Moroto district. The function brings together ‘Ateker Cluster' group of people from Teso, Turkana in Kenya, Nyangatom of Ethiopia and the Toposa of South Sudan.

Prior to the official day of celebrations, different groups of people meet and discuss a range of issues affecting the lives of Karimojong and their neighbors, its resolutions are presented to the gathering on the cultural day. 

According to Godfrey Lokwang, the executive general secretary for Karamoja Cultural Association 2018, Kaabong Chapter the issue of land has attracted a lot of concern from the organizers, prompting for special discussions from elders and clan leaders. 

He says the land acquisition and usage in Karamoja has changed over the years due to mineral development, something he notes is threatening livelihoods. Lokwang explains that the elders' council is championing land registration under customary land tenure to help locals protect their land. 

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The land discussions come at a time when the region is struggling with problem of land grabbing.

Early this month, Rupa residents battled with Cornelius Kodet, after it emerged that Kodet had allegedly taken possession of over 400 acres of land without the knowledge of the occupants. 

A report from Karamoja Development Forum indicates that land grabbers in Karamoja are disguising as investors. The report pins elites in the region for conniving with land grabbers.

Other discussions during Karamoja Cultural Day celebrations include conflict resolution mechanism, social service delivery on education and health.

The cultural event will be celebrated under the theme “With Unity and Peace; We Cherish Our Culture for the Development of Karamoja and the Rest of Ateker Cluster”.

Unlike the past events, this year's celebrations are expected to attract high profiled personalities including ministers from different countries, according to organizers.

President Yoweri Museveni is expected to grace the function with the Kenyan Deputy President, William Ruto.

The cultural day starts on Wednesday and ends on Friday.