Moroto Municipality, District Feud Over Land

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John Longora, a former Member of Moroto District Land Board, says the land was sold to Moroto Municipality when space was created. He notes that no claim over the same land was brought to the land board, expressing dismay on the turn of events.

Moroto municipality is embroiled in a land feud with Moroto district local government. It all started after Moroto municipality sold off ten plots of land along Soroti-Moroto road.

The plots that were fenced off by Missionaries of Charity were created after Uganda National Roads authority aligned the new Moroto-Soroti road. As a result, the district leadership advertised the plots in 2015, prompting the municipality to buy them off.

After acquiring the plots, Moroto municipality leased them to Peter Lokwang, a popular businessman in Moroto town. Lokwang also went ahead and leased the plots 96-98 to Vivo Energy Uganda limited and 100-104 to Novo enterprises limited for a period of 35 years each.
 
 
The new development prompted the Missionaries of Charity to fence off the land, which is opposite their newly established infant school. They petitioned Moroto LC V Chairperson, who halted any developments on the contested land.

In his December 19th, 2016 letter, Andrew Napaja Keem, the Moroto LC V Chairperson said the matter will be sorted out in the second week of January 2017. However, to date nothing has been done. On January 23, 2017, Peter Lokwang who claims ownership of the said plots wrote to the Town Clerk accusing the LC V chairperson of siding with charity sisters to fence off his land.

According to Lokwang, his tenants are now stranded yet he legally owns the contested land.
He threatens to petition court, if the authorities don't find a solution to the stalemate. Alex Felix Majeme, the Moroto Town Clerk, says Lokwang acquired the contested land legally.
 

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However, Napaja insists that the said land belongs to the church, saying they have documents to that effect. He says the Municipal authorities blundered when they bought the land from scrupulous individuals.

"You cannot build a petrol station in front of an orphanage. That's very wrong and that land belongs to the church," Napaja said on phone. John Longora, a former Member of Moroto District Land Board, says the land was sold to Moroto Municipality when space was created.

He notes that no claim over the same land was brought to the land board, expressing dismay on the turn of events. Mike Kiyonga, the Moroto District Lands Officer has declined to comment on the matter.

 

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