Ministry of Lands to Open Administrative Boundaries in Karamoja

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In short
All the eight districts of Karamoja have boundary conflicts. Kotido and Abim have locked horns over Lokililing and Moru-Alokwangat Parishes while Kotido and Kaabong also have a disputed boundary at Lolelia in Kacheri Sub County. Napak district is at loggerheads with Katakwi, Abim and Moroto, some of which have culminated into violence.

The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development has resolved to open all inter-district boundaries of Karamoja in order to address the increasing boundary conflicts.

The resolution was reached by technocrats from Ministry of Land following a petition by Members of Parliament from Karamoja Sub Region over border disputes.

Abdullah Hassan Byantalo, the Lands Officer in the Ministry of Lands told residents at the contested Moru-Alokwangat Parish which lies at the border between Kotido and Abim that the boundary dispute will be resolved.


There are more than 6,000 people affected at Moru-Alokwangat Parish, mostly Iteso who migrated to the area recently. During the Land Awareness Week in Kotido, Byantalo observed that the boundary dispute had become an issue across the country.

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The community had asked the ministry officials to help determine the boundary because they were missing out on services from government due to the conflict by Kotido and Abim.

Almost all the eight districts of Karamoja have boundary conflicts. Kotido and Abim have locked horns over Lokililing and Moru-Alokwangat Parishes while Kotido and Kaabong also have a disputed boundary at Lolelia in Kacheri Sub County.

Napak district is at loggerheads with Katakwi, Abim and Moroto, some of which have culminated into violence.


Early this year, a conflict between Abim and Napak districts left 50 huts and a Church burnt down in Boreta Parish as residents fought for Awoyatogo village.

Mark Abuku, the LCV Chairperson of Kaabong hopes opening the boundaries will help to diffuse the disputes.

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Abim Resident District Commissioner, RDC, Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka says administrative border conflicts have denied the local community services.

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