John Robert Jaka, the Rupa Sub County Area Land Committee chairperson and former LC 3 Chairperson told URN that they have informed the UPDF leadership about the unlawful extension of the boundary but nothing has been done to solve the impasse.
The UPDF 3rd Infantry Division is under the spotlight
for allegedly grabbing an estimated 600
acres of land in Acholi Inn in Rupa Sub County in Moroto district. This has triggered panic 600 people fearing eviction from
A section of the affected people claims that in 2016,
the UPDF 3rd Division Headquarters decided to extend its boundaries into their land. The army allegedly forcefully
planted stone marks outside the boundary encroaching on community land measuring about 70 acres.
land in Question stretches from Moroto Municipal Primary in Moroto Municipal
Council through Acholi Inn towards Rupa Sub County. John Robert Jaka, the Rupa
Sub County Area Land Committee chairperson and former LC 3 Chairperson told URN that they have informed
the UPDF leadership about the unlawful extension of the boundary but nothing
has been done to solve the impasse.
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Hawa Modo, a mother of six says they have petitioned
President, Yoweri Kaguta
Museveni to intervene in the
matter because their attempts to
engage UPDF have not yielded any fruits. She says that she was shocked recently when the UPDF stopped
her from building a house on her customary land claiming that it belongs to the
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She says it’s unfortunate that the UPDF that
should protect the people is involved in land grabbing. Regina Akwii, 102
and resident of Acholi Inn, says that
they have lived on the land for many years and wants the government to save her land from being displaced.
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Raja, the chairperson of the Area Land Committee says that they are ready to take on the UPDF legally
because it was their grandparents who donated land
for the establishment
of the military barracks for
security purposes. He says the matter should be addressed such that people
can develop their land.
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The UPDF 3RD Division Spokesperson, Capt. Edrin
Mawanda refutes the allegations
of land grabbing, saying that it’s the community instead that has
encroached on the land for the institution. He said the UPDF has a land title
for the area in question.
“The community has encroached on our land and we
have informed higher authorities about it. It should be noted that we have a
land title for that land, and there are mark stones, these are just grabbers." Moroto District
Koriang has urged the UPDF and the community to resolve the land dispute amicably.
“Let them solve the issue on a round table. They can decide to open boundaries. We need both
the community and security institutions to coexist,” he said in a phone
the UPDF has ordered the community to stop the construction of permanent houses on
the contested land.