Construction of Kitgum Irrigation Scheme Hits Snag

1765 Views Kitgum, Uganda

In short
The Ministry of Water and Environment under department of water for production wants to construct the reservoir dam for domestic water supply. However a section of the 17-acre land owners in the project area located in Man-woko village, Labongo Amida sub-county have opposed the modern irrigation scheme aimed at increasing agricultural productivity.

The construction of Akworo dam project by the government has hit a snag in Kitgum District.

The Ministry of Water and Environment under department of water for production, wants to construct the reservoir dam at more than 100 Million Shillings for domestic water supply which is heavily affected by prolonged droughts. The dam will help regulate dependency on rain-fed agriculture.

A section of the 17-acre landowners in the project area located in Man-woko village, Labongo Amida sub-county have opposed the modern irrigation scheme aimed at increasing agricultural productivity.

Moses Kasule, a concerned resident says that the hurried approach employed by local authorities was suspicious. 

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Meanwhile, Geoffrey Komakech, another resident who owns land around the dam alleges that the project implementers did not seek their consent. Komakech says that the project is being imposed on them with an intention of grabbing their land.

But Jackson Omona, the Kitgum District LCV Chairperson dismissed fears allayed by the community. Omona explains that the district organized several community meetings with the residents about the irrigation project.

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Omona disclosed that the irrigation scheme requires landowners to give land for free to act as demonstration pilot and in the subsequent year, the land reverts to the owners. Omona said the scheme may be  taken to another place should the community resist.

 
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Other residents are also demanding for an environmental impact assessment report to ascertain the feasibility of the project which is to benefit more than 60 households.