Northern Uganda Legislators Blame Land Conflicts On Oil Speculation

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Legislators from the districts of Nwoya and Nebbi districts are calling on the Ministry of Lands to stop giving out land titles in their areas.

Legislators from the districts of Nwoya and Nebbi districts are calling on the Ministry of Lands to stop giving out land titles in their areas.
 
Acayo Christine, the woman MP Nebbi district, claims that on the 28th this week a group of unknown people attacked residents in Nyowa County.
 
Acayo says 32 people were rescued by police while four others who were hacked with pangas are currently nursing their injuries Angar hospital. She adds that ten others are at Pakwach health centre four.
 
The female legislator goes on to claim that  some rich people are buying land from non-land owners which have increased land wrangles due to oil speculation in the area.
 
The fight is now between the Acholi from Pakwach and Jonam from Nebbi whom Acayo says were living peacefully together.
 
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Richard Towdong, MP Nyowa County, described the incidents as unfortunate and regrettable even though the two tribes have had previous wrangles.
 
The Minister without Portfolio for political mobilization is hopeful that since government has moved in to resolve the matter, the perpetrators will be brought to book.
 
He notes that ever since the discovery of oil in the region they have registered land speculators’, land grabbers and land brokers. However, they urge residents to stay calm and call on government to address the land tenure question and identify legitimate owners in the area.
 
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Total is the operator of Uganda’s Exploration Area 1, which covers Murchison Falls National Park and adjoining parts of Nwoya and Panyimur subcounty in Nebbi district.
 
State Minister for Finance Jacan Omach Fred also MP Jonam County says the police have apprehended one person in relation to the incident and hope he will help arrest other culprits.
 
He revealed that they had a meeting in January this year in Nyowa called by Todwong together with James Baba the State Minister for Internal Affairs in which they agreed to set up a police post in the conflict area.
 
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Government has also instituted a team that is going to carry out land verification in Nyowa to verify bonafide land owners.