More than 300 residents on Aler Community farm in Lira District
are protesting the decision to allocate part of the farm for investment.
The district council approved the proposal to allocate about 200
acres of land, part of Aler Community farm in Ngetta Sub County to Xsabo Group
to establish a pilot Solar power plant.
Xsabo Group recently applied to Lira District seeking to be allocated part of
Aler Community farm located about some 10km along Lira-Pader road.
But the proposal has received mixed reactions from both leaders
Geoffrey Okello Ocen, the chairperson of local residents currently farming and
living on the disputed land insists the said land belongs to them.
Okello says Lira District currently has no legal authority to allocate part of
the land for investment since they were blocked by the Lira High Court.
In 2018, the Lira High Court temporarily blocked Lira district
council from allocating the disputed land and evicting the residents until
The ruling stemmed from a court petition filed by more than 300
residents drawn from the neighboring villages in Ngetta, and Ogur Sub Counties
all in Lira district and Alito Sub County in Kole district.
65-year-old Tom Ogwal, a resident of Aler trading Centre described
the district’s move as illegal.
Ogwal argues that since the case is in court, the district illegally
allocated the land to the investor.
Anthony Ojuka, the Lira district councilor representing Lira Sub
County says that out of the 800 acres of Land at Aler community farm, the district
has less than 200 acres.
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James Omara Elem, the district councilor representing youths
insists the land should be allocated to Xsabo Group since they will pay be
renting from the district.
He says the solar power investment shall create more jobs for
local people and also directly boost the economy.
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George Okello Ayoo, the Lira LCV Vice-Chairperson urged local
residents to support the project.