Napak Residents Protest Boundary Opening Report

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On Tuesday, the Minister for Local Government, Tom Butime declared that the contested villages of Alekilek and Kodike belonged to Katakwi district while Kaithelem Market belonged to Napak district.

Residents and leaders in Napak District have protested the outcome of a government decision on the contested administrative boundary dispute with Katakwi.

On Tuesday, the Minister for Local Government, Tom Butime declared that the contested villages of Alekilek and Kodike belonged to Katakwi district while Kaithelem Market belonged to Napak district.

The areas have been at the centre of contention in the two districts for decades. The two villages are under Iriiri Sub County while the market is in the new sub-county of Poron that was curved out of Iriiri last financial year.

While making a declaration on the contested areas, Butime said that the conclusion was reached after a study of the 1962 Constitution and the transfer of coordinates to a map which showed the boundaries of Napak and Katakwi.

On Saturday, residents from Napak district protested the report. They blocked the Moroto-Soroti road using logs and tree branches. Many people sustained injuries as residents engaged the police in running battles. 

Phillip Longole, one of the demonstrators says there is nothing left for them to fear. He notes that all the neighbouring districts have grabbed their land.

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Isaac Lomariamoi, another resident in Iriiri says he is very disappointed by government for taking such a decision. He vented his anger on the NRM government that he claims has betrayed Karamoja at last.

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In 2016, an attempt by government to open the administrative boundary between Napak and Katakwi hit a snag after the Napak team rejected findings from the survey government contracted to Mutiland Company Limited.

The Napak delegation claims that the 1960s coordinates on the border were altered.

However, Walter Elakas Okiring, the Katakwi LC5 Chairperson says he is pleased with government decision although his district lost the market, which he says was a good revenue source.