Acholi MPs Warn Madhvani on 'Irregular Land Takeover'

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Members of the Acholi Parliamentary Group have vowed to fight what they called irregular takeover of land in Amuru district by the Madhvani owned Kakira Sugar Works. The legislators claim that the sugar company is holding dishonest negotiations with cultural leaders in the district to acquire 40,000 hectares of land for sugarcane growing.

Members of the Acholi Parliamentary Group have vowed to fight what they called irregular takeover of land in Amuru district by the Madhvani owned Kakira Sugar Works.
 
The legislators claim that the sugar company is holding dishonest negotiations with cultural leaders in the district to acquire 40,000 hectares of land for sugarcane growing.
 
The MPs including Betty Awol, the Gulu Woman MP, Aruu County MP Odonga Otto and their counterpart for Kilak South, Gilbert Oulanya, have also lashed out at the outgoing Gulu University Vice Chancellor Nyeko Pen Mogi for acting as a front for the Madhvani group.
 
They accuse Professor Pen Mogi of attempting to cheat locals out of ownership of their land by negotiating with traditional leaders for the purchase of customary land without consulting the individual owners of the land.
 
Oulanya asserts that cultural leaders have no mandate to negotiate land deals without the input of the individual occupants of the land.
 
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Otto states that they are not against awarding investors land and will welcome development initiatives in their area but criticises the Madhvani Group's approach in its attempt to acquire land in Amuru.
 
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The fight over land in the region stems from a plan to establish the sugar project by M/S Amuru Sugar Works Ltd in which Madhvani Group is proposed to acquire 49% shareholding. The proposed project is to affect communities in the areas of Kololo, Lakang, Bana, Omee, Lujoro, Lwakobito and Pailyech.
 
Government through the Ministry of Lands also proposes that the rest of the land in these places shall be protected for the communities in Amuru Sub County under customary land tenure system.
 
But MP Oulanya says that this settlement stinks of corruption and it will not be accepted.
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.