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Balaalo Pastoralist’s Take Over Amuru Sugar Project Land

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Security officials in Amuru District are on the spot for failing to drive out over 1,000 heads of cattle that have occupied government land meant for a sugar project.

The 10,000 hectares of land worth 50 billion shillings in Lakang, Bana, Kololo, Omee, Pai-Lyech, Lujoro, and Lwak Obito in Lakang Sub-county has been turned into a grazing ground by the pastoralists despite a presidential directive to evict them.

In November 2, 2021 President Yoweri Museveni gave a two months ultimatum to the Prime Minister to ensure that all Balaalo pastoralists leave Acholi Sub Region.

This is after leaders and community members complained that the herdsmen were causing insecurity, fueling land wrangles and destroying crops.

Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South Member of Parliament claims that security officials have been compromised by the pastoralists.

He said his office has written to the office of the Resident district Commissioner demanding to find out why they have failed to drive out the animals.

He has now threatened to mobilize the community to reoccupy the government land if the pastoralists are not sent away in a month.

Odong Stephen Latek, the Amuru RDC who doubles as the chairperson of the district Security committee said he was waiting for a formal report from Olanya.

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