At least 2,100 people, who were forced to leave their villages and camped at Juka Trading Centre in Apaa Parish following clashes between the Madi and the Acholi, have urged government to allow them go back to their homes.
A total of 26,000 people were settled on the disputed Apaa land that measures 89 Sq kilometres, which is claimed by both Amuru and Adjumani districts.
In June 2017, 10 people died and more than 20 were injured after a tribal clash broke out among the Acholi and Madi communities with the Acholi suffering the largest numbers of causalities.
When Daily Monitor revisited the camp, the affected persons said they are missing out on farming yet it is the only source of livelihood.
Ms Jaska Angee, a victim, said the foodstuffs she fled with are finished and yet she has no other source of income to sustain her family.
“I am here stranded and yet I have land to till back home but I fear to be attacked if I dare to go back,’’ she said.
The displacement followed attacks on residents of Goro B and Juka villages in Apaa by men armed with spears, arrows, bows, knives and axes in January.
Mr Alex Okwonga, another displaced resident, said: “I am stuck with four children. My wife has been eloping with another man who can provide since I am idle here,’’ he said.
Mr Denis Komakech, an activist for the Apaa land clashes, told Daily Monitor that some affected persons sneak back to their farms.
“The men especially, they sneak back and do small farming in the farmlands so that they can make ends meet for their children whose health is deteriorating due to lack of food,” he said.
Mr Komakech said government should make a decision to make both Acholi in Amuru and Madi in Adjumani co-exist since the two tribes have stayed together for long.
The Amuru District chairperson, Mr Michael Lakony, decried the plight of his people and urged government to allow them return.
According to the set guidelines, all the displaced should remain where they have camped until the committee comes up with a lasting solution.
“It’s through farming that the affected people can have a life but one wonders why they have been kept in the displaced area for all this long,’’ he said.
The Adjumani Resident District Commissioner, Mr Peter Taban Data, clarified that the areas where people are not allowed to dig are those with conflicts.
“In areas where the locals are not conflicting among themselves, people are carrying out cultivation without and hindrance. No one has stopped people from accessing land for cultivation,” he clarified.
In May this year, President Museveni appointed Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah, to chair a new committee that was mandated to find a lasting solution to the Apaa land wrangles in Amuru and Adjumani districts.
Mr Oulanyah, who is also the Omoro County MP, replaced Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, whom President Museveni had appointed in August last year to head an eight-member committee from both Adjumani and Amuru to discuss his recommendations on ending the land impasse but the its didn’t yield fruits.
Efforts to get a comment from Mr Oulanyah on how far his committee has gone on with the interventions, were futile as he did not pick our repeated phone calls to him and neither did he return them by press time yesterday.
According to the set guidelines, all the displaced person should remain where they have camped, not supposed to return, no more eviction in the contested land until the set committees come up with a lasting solution.
Statement: The Energy Sector Strategy 2024–2028 Must Mark the End of the EBRD’s Support to Fossil Fuels
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is due to publish a new Energy Sector Strategy before the end of 2023. A total of 130 civil society organizations from over 40 countries have released a statement calling on the EBRD to end finance for all fossil fuels, including gas.
From 2018 to 2021, the EBRD invested EUR 2.9 billion in the fossil energy sector, with the majority of this support going to gas. This makes it the third biggest funder of fossil fuels among all multilateral development banks, behind the World Bank Group and the Islamic Development Bank.
The EBRD has already excluded coal and upstream oil and gas fields from its financing. The draft Energy Sector Strategy further excludes oil transportation and oil-fired electricity generation. However, the draft strategy would continue to allow some investment in new fossil gas pipelines and other transportation infrastructure, as well as gas power generation and heating.
In the statement, the civil society organizations point out that any new support to gas risks locking in outdated energy infrastructure in places that need investments in clean energy the most. At the same time, they highlight, ending support to fossil gas is necessary, not only for climate security, but also for ensuring energy security, since continued investment in gas exposes countries of operation to high and volatile energy prices that can have a severe impact on their ability to reach development targets. Moreover, they underscore that supporting new gas transportation infrastructure is not a solution to the current energy crisis, given that new infrastructure would not come online for several years, well after the crisis has passed.
The signatories of the statement call on the EBRD to amend the Energy Sector Strategy to
- fully exclude new investments in midstream and downstream gas projects;
- avoid loopholes involving the use of unproven or uneconomic technologies, as well as aspirational but meaningless mitigation measures such as “CCS-readiness”; and
- strengthen the requirements for financial intermediaries where the intended nature of the sub-transactions is not known to exclude fossil fuel finance across the entire value chain.
Download the statement: https://www.iisd.org/system/files/2023-09/ngo-statement-on-energy-sector-strategy-2024-2028.pdf
Complaint against unprofessional conduct of the DPC Kiryandongo district for aiding and abetting land grabbing in kiryandongo district.
Professional Standards Unit, Uganda Police-Kampala.
RE: COMPLAINT AGAINST UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT OF THE DPC KIRYANDONGO DISTRICT FOR AIDING AND ABETTING LAND GRABBING IN NYAMUTENDE KITWARA PARISH KIRYANDONGO DISTRICT AND CARRYING OUT ILLEGAL ARRESTS AND DETENTION OF INNOCENT RESIDENTS/ BIBANJA OWNERS FOR PROTESTING AGAINST THE ILLEGAL EVICTION FROM THEIR LAND.
We act for and behalf of the Lawful and bonafide occupants of Land described as LRV MAS 2 FOLIO 8 BLOCK 8 PLOT 22 (FORMERLY KNOWN AS RANCH 22).
Our Clients are residents of Nyamutende Village, Kitwara Parish in Kiryandongo District where they have lived for more than 30 years and sometime in 2017, they applied for a lease of the said Land to Kiryandongo District Land Board through the Directorate of Land Matters State House.
As they were still awaiting their Application to be processed, they were shocked to establish that the said land had been instead leased to and registered in the names of Isingoma Julius, Mwesige Simon, John Musokota William, Tumusiime Gerald, Wabwire Messener Gabriel, Ocema Richard and Wilson Shikhama, some of whom were not known to the Complainants. A copy of the Search is attached hereto
Our clients protested the above action and appealed to relevant offices, but were shocked to discover that the above persons had gone ahead and sold the same to a one Maseruka Robert.
Aggrieved by these actions, the Complainants appealed to the RDC who advised them to institute proceedings against the said persons, and assigned them a one Mbabazi Samuel to assist them to that effect. The said Mbabazi accordingly filed Civil Suit Noa 46 of 2019 against tne said registered proprietors at Masindi High Court challenging the illegal and fraudulent registration, sale and transfer of the subject land to Maseruka Robert.
While awaiting the progress of the case mentioned hereinabove, the Complainants were surprised to find that the said Mbabazi, instead of assisting them, he went into a consent settling the said suit on their behalf without their knowledge or consent. A copy of the Consent is attached hereto.
Among the terms of the said consent Judgment was that the residents would be compensated without specifying how much and would in return vacate the Land.
As if that was not enough, Maseruka Robert and Mbabazi Samuel are going ahead to execute the said Consent Judgment by forcefully evicting the occupants without compensation which has prompted the complainants to challenge the said Consent by applying for its review and setting aside at Masindi High Court which is coming up for hearing on the 29th March 2023. A copy of the Application is attached hereto.
Sensing the imminent threat of eviction, we also filed an application for interim stay of execution of the said consent to avoid rendering their application for review nugatory but unfortunately the same could not be heard on the date it was fixed for hearing (6th February 2023). A copy of the Application is attached hereto
On Thursday last week, three tractors being operated by 6 workers of a one Mbabazi Samuel [the very person who had been entrusted to represent our Clients to secure their Land through Civil Suit No.46 of 2019] encroached close to 50 acres of our Clients’ land and started ploughing it but our Client’s protested and chased them away.
We have however been shocked to receive information from our Clients that on Sunday at Mid night, 3 police patrols invaded the community in the night and arrested community members; Mulenje Jack, Steven Kagyenji, Mulekwa David, Ntambala Geoffrey, Tumukunde Isaac 15 years, Kanunu Innocent, Mukombozi Frank, Kuzara, Rwamunyankole Enock, and took them to Kiryandongo Police Station where they are currently detained.
We strongly protest the illegal arrests and detention of our Clients as this is a carefully orchestrated land grabbing scheme by Maseruka Robert and Mbabazi Samuel who are receiving support from the DPC Kiryandongo.
The purpose of this Letter therefore is to request your good office to investigate the misconduct, abuse of office and unprofessionalism of the said DPC Kiryandongo District and all his involvement in the land grabbing schemes on land formerly known as Ranch 22.
Looking forward to your urgent intervention,
C.C The Head Police Land Protection Unit Police Head Quarters Naguru
CC The RDC Kiryandongo District
CC The Chairman LCVKityadongo District
CC The Regional Police CommanderAlbertine Region
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