The bishop of Lango Anglican diocese, Charles Odur kami, has accused the Presidential Guard Brigade (PGB) of forcefully grabbing and occupying a piece of land at Baralegi parish, Otuke County in Lira district.
In a letter to the District LC V chairman, Franco Ojur, the prelate denied claims that local leaders in Baralegi had given out the church land to allow the Presidential Guard Brigade continue staying in the area.
Odur Kami said, the land under contention belongs to the church and that no individual could have the capacity to give it out to an institution.
The Presidential Guard Brigade has been stationed in the area since 2004 when President Yoweri Museveni set up base in Baralegi in 2004 during the height of the Lord's Resistance Army insurgency in a bid to monitor the military offensive against the rebels.
The continued presence of the PGB in the area has sparked off discontent especially among the IDP returnees who claim that they are being harassed by the PGB soldiers.
The area occupied by the PGB covers a primary school, church, trading centre and other plots owned by individuals.
The Lango Parliamentary Group, Vice Chairperson, Rebecca Otengo, told journalists in Lira this morning that the local leaders are planning to meet the president to discuss the fate of the land owners.
The Lands minister, Daniel Omara Atubo, however says that the military unit would remain in the area for as long as it takes to help restore peace in the region.