More than 150
orphans in Moroto Mission Orphanage home are living in fear of eviction over a
land dispute with the community.
The home was
established by the late Bill Behrman who passed away in 2018 and in 2020
Rebekah Bullen inherited the orphanage, under the Mission Critical international.
Managing Director of the home says that in 2007, Behrman acquired the land
measuring 127 acres from elders and employed Noah Ewaru the former Mayor of Moroto
Municipality to manage the orphanage.
Bullen says that when Behrman died, the donors continued sending money to Ewaru
to run the organization.
According to Bullen, the donors received reports of mismanagement of funds
by Ewaru, prompting them to appoint her managing director. However, this didn’t go
well with Ewaru who grabbed some of the documents that include the land title.
Ewaru allegedly mobilized the community to chase Bullen and close the
organization claiming that they had grabbed over 500 acres of land without
a community concept.
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land that I fenced is only…
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violent in the process.
John Bosco Iriama, a resident accuses Bullen of mismanaging the institution and
planning to grab over 500 acres of their land.
‘’this lady is more of land title…
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ones she got there’’.//
However, Ewaru who is on the run after assaulting Bullen couldn’t be reached
the Senior Probation Officer Moroto says that they assessed the home and it
meets all the requirements. She adds that they don’t have any alternative place
to relocate the children.
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related to home…
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the orphans, since the dispute emerged, they have received threats from the
Richard Louse, a 17-year-old orphan, says that they are not sure of what next
if the organization is closed.
Moses Keem, another orphan said he fears that
the situation is more likely to worsen if the land dispute is not addressed