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Robert Kioko, the Gulu district surveyor says it is not the first time that the files in the office have been destroyed by floods.

Floods have destroyed hundreds of vital land documents in Gulu district land office. The incident occurred on Wednesday evening following a heavy afternoon down pour. The office has been keeping more than 47,000 vital land documents from the entire Acholi sub region, which is comprised of Nwoya, Amuru and Gulu districts.
Bernard Otim, the Gulu District land board assistant records officer says half of the documents were destroyed. He says some of the files were for newly approved land transactions while the others are for old cases. Otim says the files could not be rescued because they were on the floor.

Also affected by the floods are the surveyors office, the district planning officer, physical planner and land officer’s among others. Robert Kioko, the Gulu district surveyor says it is not the first time that the files in the office have been destroyed by floods. He says those who constructed the building didn’t take into consideration cases of heavy rains.

Kioko says the roof of the building needs to be redesigned to ensure that rain water can easily flow down. The building in question was completed 2 years ago and is yet to be handed over by government to the district. The Gulu land board serves both Amuru and Nwoya district. The officers say that they will try and look for copies of the affected documents.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.