Moroto Communities Form Association to Protect Land from Grabbers

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Rupa Sub County, which is home to a number of minerals including gold, marble, and limestone among others, has championed a community association to help protect land.

Residents in Moroto have resorted to forming associations to help protect their land from grabbers.


The move follows several cases of land grabbing that have been reported in the district.

Currently, there are land contentions in Moroto and other districts of Karamoja.  They include Kautakou which was fenced off by Uganda Investment Authority, Namalu Prisons Farm in Nakapiripirit, Ateker Cement, DAO Marble, and Tororo Cement among others in Moroto district.

Some of the disputes have been taken to courts of law and others still being mediated by elders and local leaders.

Land grabbing is masterminded by the residents, especially the elite class who connive with companies and individuals interested.


Now, Rupa Sub County, which is home to a number of minerals including gold, marble, and limestone among others, has championed a community association to help protect land.


The sub-county which is also home to protection agencies including Uganda Wildlife Authority and National Forest Authority is also a major area where land grabbing is common.

However, with the help of partners in the area, Rupa Community Development Trust, RUCODET has been formed to oversee land-related cases in the sub-county. The association, now a point of reference on land grabbing related cases in the region is surveying land on behalf of the community.

The group of 15 people selected from every parish with women and youth included oversees all the land wrangles in the sub-county.


Paul Aleper, one of the members of RUCODET says the trust is helping to address issues of elites taking advantage of the illiterate community. He notes that some of the communities lose land after signing documents they don't understand.

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Besides protection, the association is also used for negotiations to access land in the area and other benefits that accrue from land lease or sale.

Vincent Lomuria, a researcher with Karamoja Development Forum, one of the organization dealing on land issues and minerals in Karamoja says the formation of community land associations can help deal with syndicates in the land board and ministry.

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David Pulkol, the former MP in Moroto says the formation of community trust associations on land is a wakeup call for leaders in the region to intervene in land-related issues.


Pulkol and other elders joined calls for the commission of inquiry into land matters to visit Karamoja.