Clan Chiefs Accuse Lamwo RDC Of Intimidation Over Land

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In short
Nyimur Multipurpose Water Resources Project that began in 2016 is a trans-boundary project between Uganda and South Sudan with an overall objective of flood mitigation, irrigation infrastructure, electricity generation, fisheries development, water supply and sustainable land management program.

Three clans in Lamwo district have accused Jonathan Rutabingwa, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) for intimidating them over their land hosting the Nyimur Multipurpose Water Resources Project.

The clans through their Chiefs; Louis Oyet of Paracelle, Richard Onyachi (Ayuu Alali) and Naptali Otim of Padwat claim that Rutabingwa has denied them chance to table their views on the project.

In a joint press release dated May 15, the trio asserts that Rutabingwa used his powers to impose his decisions and never allowed Chiefs to speak in a meeting convened at Paracelle Primary School in Palabek Ogili Sub County.

After a series of unfruitful meetings, a meeting was finally convened on May 9, 2018 at the request of the clan chiefs and local leaders in the project area to share people's grievances on how the Nile basin project would benefit them.
" He (RDC) kept the chiefs mute just to watch over his decree though they were invited to share with him their opinions on the Nyimur Project", Chiefs letter read in part.

The letter further states that: "He used the national police to intimidate people over their land so this hidden interest might be achieved, ".

Rutabingwa however, dismissed the accusations blaming politicians (who failed in the previous elections) for inciting the Clan Chiefs and locals to sabotage the project owing to selfish gains.

According to Rutabingwa, a contractor that has been undertaking feasibility study of the site has been threatened and has since abandoned the site for fear of the safety of workers.

Nyimur Multipurpose Water Resources Project that began in 2016 is a trans-boundary project between Uganda and South Sudan with an overall objective of flood mitigation, irrigation infrastructure, electricity generation, fisheries development, water supply and sustainable land management program.
The project falls under Aswa water basin which covers over 31,000 square Kilometres in Northern, Eastern and Northeastern Uganda and in the Magwi county of Eastern Equatorial state of South Sudan.