The campaign is in relation to the long-running feud between the Iteso and Acoli-labwor community over the ownership of Alungar, Morolokwangat, Apopongo, Nyakwai, Akuoro, Aolio, Apuuton villages and part of Nyarikidi zone, which are currently occupied by over 16,000 Iteso.
The Iteso community
in Abim, Kotido and Napak districts has launched a campaign dubbed “Dongo Ni
Nura” literally meaning “No Land No Vote”.
The campaign is in relation to the long-running feud between the Iteso and Acoli-labwor community over the ownership
of Alungar, Morolokwangat, Apopongo, Nyakwai, Akuoro, Aolio, Apuuton villages
and part of Nyarikidi zone, which are currently occupied by over 16,000 Iteso.
end of last year, 50-year-old Juventine Aeru and several other members of the Iteso
community were hacked to death at different locations by suspected Labwor
community members. The matter has severally come up on the floor of parliament but
little has been done to resolve the dispute.
Last year, Uganda Wildlife Authority evicted over 785 people from the 60square kilometre piece of land of Moru Alokwangat game reserve, which connects the
three districts of Abim, Kotido and Napak. Now, the Iteso community has decided
to ride on the general elections to push for their land rights.
Speaking at the laugh of the campaign at Atooti hotel in
Soroti city on Monday, Anthony Okanyum, the lead lawyer of eviction victims,
says the land in question was granted to the Iteso by the colonial masters when
the area was still under the then Moroto district.
Okanyum says they have been killings and
lootings perpetrated by a few individuals. He says the Iteso community has endured
discrimination since they were evicted last year yet the government has remained
silent on the matter.
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Simon Peter Onyait, a resident of Moru Alokwangat, says their living situation
is worsening, adding that they want the president to come to our rescue.
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Some of the residents told URN that they are being mistreated in the eviction
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John Stephen Ekoom, the Soroti Resident District Commissioner advised the
petitioners to officially write their claims through responsible authorities if
their quest for justice is to be heard by the president.