Land Disputes Worry Inspectorate of Gov't

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Bamugemereire says they have received numerous land complaints and something ought to be done.

The numerous land disputes in Kapchorwa district have drawn concern from the Inspectorate of Government. 

The Deputy Inspector General of Government, George Bamugemereire says they have received numerous complaints of land grabbing, saying something ought to he done. 

"We have received complaints where someone asks to survey 2 hectares and ends up surveying 20 hectares," he said. He was responding to complaints by numerous participants during a boardroom session held at Kapchorwa District local government as part of the Anti corruption week activities. 

"It seems there is a cartel controlling Kapchorwa. Something needs to be done," Bamugemereire said. "Adding that there is need to investigate the complaints to get to the bottom of the cases."  

In one of the cases members of Kapkirwok Grower's Cooperative led by the Sipi Town council chairperson, Alexander Bukose accuses Supreme court Judge, Cheborian Barishaki of fencing off their land. 

According to Bukose, the judge has blocked off 1 acre of the land, which has affected the cooperative. "Government bought us a coffee machine worth more than Shillings 100million but we can't use because we can't access the farmers land," Bukose said. 

He explained that their pleas for help from different offices including state house haven't yielded results. "We have moved to different offices but we haven't been helped. I am even scared for my life because I have been charged with seven different cases over this matter," he said. 

He said they have now petitioned the Justice Bamugemereire Land Commission to help them over the matter. The Commission received the matter on May 4th, 2017 under file number MBL/24/2017.

Adding that "I have even contemplated fleeing into exile in Kenya. Jane Francis Kuka, the Kapchorwa Resident District Commissioner, said they have tried to mediate the land disputes but they are overwhelmed.
" We have taken up mediation but its too much. We can't spend the entire doing the same thing and resume tomorrow on the same matter  because we have other things to do," she said. 

In his response, Bamugemereire asked the local leaders in Kapchorwa to approach the Commission to pitch camp in the district for at least a week to handle the land conflicts.  "Contact the Land Commission to come to Kapchorwa."