Six Suspected Land Grabbers Survive Lynching in Aswa Ranch.


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He however, says the men neither identified themselves nor presented any proof showing that they were acting on behalf of the president as they claimed.

Six suspected land grabbers have narrowly escaped lynching by angry occupants of the defunct Aswa livestock ranch in Pader district. Livingstone Okure, the Angagura sub county LC 3 chairperson says the men whose identities have been withheld stormed the ranch on Saturday they had been sent by President Yoweri Museveni to lay ground for restocking the ranch.
He however, says the men neither identified themselves nor presented any proof showing that they were acting on behalf of the president as they claimed. Okure says as a result, residents ganged up against the men accusing them of attempting to grab the 46,000 hectares of land in the President’s name.

Okure says the residents threatened to disarm the two police officers that escorted the men and lynch all of them for trespass before he calmed them down. He says the men instead turned their guns against him and threatened to have him arrested for inciting residents against a presidential initiative they could hardly convince the residents to accept.
Okure says the accusations angered the residents to order the already panicking men to vacate the ranch or face their wrath. They hurriedly left as residents warned them never to return. He says shortly after residents formed themselves into land protection vigilantes to keep strangers out of the ranch.

Alfred Akena, the Pader LC V Chairperson says his office interfaced with some men claiming to be from the office of the President two weeks ago and strongly advised them to secure necessary documentation regarding ownership of the land and proper information before proceeding to the ranch.


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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.