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Forceful Land Evictions Resume in Amuru District, says MP Olanya

Forceful  eviction of people has reportedly resumed in a disputed land bordering Amuru and Adjumani district, close to the bank of  River Nile at a place called Kampala landing site.

The eviction of people, according to Clark South Member of Parliament, Hon. Gilbert Olanya is taking place at Wadi-Kampala village, Palyech Parish, Lakang Sub-county in Amuru district where over 50 huts have been destroyed.

In a telephone interview with our reporter, Mr. Peter Olam, a Local community Leader of the area, told our reporter that security officials wearing green uniform bearing marks of Uganda Wild Life Authority on Thursday afternoon came and destroyed about 48 huts in the area.

Mr. Olam said people sustained injuries in the evictions.

However, when contacted by telephone, UWA Regional Warden for Adjumani, Mr Tony Bogere denied any knowledge of the events unfolding at the landing sites, referring our reporter to the UWA public relations department.

In a telephone interview, the UWA Public Relation Manager, Mr. Bashir Hangi also denied any knowledge about the current eviction at Kampala landing sites.

Hon Olanya who was accompanied by the Leader of Opposition, Hon Betty Aol Ocan condemned the incident, saying this is uncalled for and that if need be, they will “mobilise the people to defend their land.”

Hon Aol said they were planning to visit the area as Members of the Acholi Parliamentary group to ascertain the severity of the problem.

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Olanya said during his visit to Amuru district, President Museveni issued a directive stopping any illegal eviction of people including in the disputed area of Apaa bordering Amuru and Adjumani.

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