Muntu Faults Government Over Bunyoro Land Conflicts

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His comments came shortly after Francis Atugonza, the FDC secretary for Trade and industry presented a report showing that there are a lot land conflicts in the region resulting from the appreciating of the value of land in the oil rich region.

General Mugisha Muntu, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC president has criticized government for failing to address the land problem in Bunyoro region.  While speaking to URN on Wednesday evening, Muntu said he was shocked to learn that land conflicts in the region had resulted into displacement of several residents.
 
The former army commander said it is unfortunate that government does not pay adequate attention to the plight of the affected people because some of its officials are beneficiaries of the land conflicts.

Despite the fact that he didn't explain how FDC intends to address the problem when voted into power, Muntu called for regime change in order to have a committed government to fighting the problem.

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His comments came shortly after Francis Atugonza, the FDC secretary for Trade and industry presented a report showing that there are a lot land conflicts in the region resulting from the appreciating of the value of land in the oil rich region.
 
Atugonza is also director AFFORD Africa, an NGO which is handling land issues in Hoima. He said there are seven contentious land conflicts in the region some of which have led to the displacement of residents.
 

More than 1000 people from Rwamutonga in Bugambe Sub County in Hoima district are living in camps after they were evicted from their home by a local businessman. About 50,000 other people in Kiziranfumbi Sub County are also on the verge of being evicted from their homes by another businessman.
 
 
In the neighboring Buliisa, land speculation is at its highest, as tycoons hurriedly buy off residents on land with oil prospects. Muntu who addressed a rally at Hoima boma grounds also took issue of the media restrictions at the just concluded NRM Delegates conference in Nambole, saying it's a sign that the party lacks self-confidence.


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Though Ugandans especially in the countryside hoped to watch the proceedings at Nambole stadium on UBC TV as it has always been, this was not the case. The delegates conference was not relayed and accredited journalists were only limited to the opening and closing sessions.