EXCLUSIVE: Museveni, Mao, Amuru Residents Agree on Sugar Project Land

The Horyal Investment Holding Company Limited, ambulance owned by Oasis Mall’s entrepreneur Amina Moghe Hersi has finally been given green light to continue with the $50m sugar project in Atiak, approved Amuru district.

ChimpReports has exclusively learnt of a closed door meeting on Friday night between President Yoweri Museveni, Democratic Party President, Norbert Mao, the Somali decent investor Amina and the people of Amuru at State House Entebbe.

The project known as the Atiak Sugar Factory had stalled over a controversy surrounding the 5,000 hectares of land it is currently occupying.

This website understands that the Rwot (clan head) of Atiak, Mr. Santo Apire had disagreed with the continuation of the project and mobilized his subjects including mainly the family of Mzee Omeya that owns the vast land to negotiate new terms with Amina and her company.

According to sources who attended the State House meeting that ended late last night, Rwot Apire wanted the contentious 5,000 acres to first be put under the trust of Acholi traditional leadership like the case of Buganda’s Mailo land and investors like Amina should then be made to contact the cultural administration but not the locals.

Mao, who also hails from Atiak however disagreed with the Rwot’s position, saying that the indigenous owners of the land can make decisions for themselves.

“The land in Atiak like in all other parts of Acholi, is communally or family owned and putting it under the trust of Rwot whould be a new thing,” Mao said in the meeting as Museveni who only kept on guiding the meeting nodded in consent.

The family of Omeya and RwotApire later agreed to Mao’s position allowing Horyal Investment Holding Limited to continue with the Atiak Sugar Factory venture.


We understand Mao took Amina to Atiak and facilitated the negotiation between the latter and the family of Omeya.

Efforts to reach Mao were futile as hedidn’t pick our repeated calls.

When contacted, the Senior Presidential Secretary, Don Wanyama who is already in Eastern Uganda for Museveni’s expected visit this weekend, said he is yet to be briefed on the development.

Atiak Sugar Factory is the only investment that has managed to start among the attempted 3 ventures.

The Madhvani Company has failed to erect a factory and get sugar cane plantation farm over land conflict in Lakang in the same district meanwhile the South African investor known as Bruce also unsuccessfully tried to start a cotton project in Apaa.

The Apaa land conflict turned dramatic in 2015 when elderly women undressed and rolled in front of then ministers Daudi Migereko for Lands and late Gen. Aronda Nyakairima for Internal Affairs.

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