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Muslims Clash With Land Board Over Land

The disputed land includes plot 5 to 8 along Kabalega road in Central Division.

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Lira district land board is involved in a dispute with Lango District Muslim Supreme Council over five acres of land. Lango District Muslim Supreme Council accuses the land board of illegally allocating its land to private developers. The disputed land includes plot 5 to 8 along Kabalega road in Central Division.

The land in question is part of the 10 acres of land allocated to Lango District Muslim Supreme Council in 1973 by the late Iddi Amin, the former president of Uganda. A fortnight ago, security operatives blocked a group of Muslim youths from planting trees around the disputed land. Hajji Bashir Ahmed Joha, the secretary District Muslim Supreme Council accuses the land board of fraudulently disposing off their land.

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Bashir claims that more than half of the 10 acres of land has been allocated to private developers. According to the Bashir, the Muslims had plans to construct a guest and secondary school on the disputed land.

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But Sylvia Akot, the secretary Lira district Land board trashes claims by the Muslims saying that they only legally own plot 4. She says that the Muslim processed titled for the land in 1993, adding that the remaining plots that were allocated to private developers were vacant. Akot has tasked the Muslims to produce documents to substantiate their claim for the land. Susan Akany, the Lira Resident District Commissioner says that she has given the warring parties a seven days ultimatum to provide documents proving their ownership of the disputed land.