June 18, 2024

Prime minister convenes meeting to resolve Amolatar land row

By Denish Ongora (denish.ongora@vol.co.ug)

Amolatar

Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has convened an emergency meeting today to discuss brewing land wrangle between locals of Amolatar and Nakasongola districts.

On 16 /07/2023, locals of Namasale Town Council in Amolatar protested against Juliet Katushabe, who is claiming 100 acres, of land that was initially inhabited by her father, the late Kawaki Nafutali.

Katushabe called for a meeting to discuss the matter but locals of Namasale town council and those at Lenko landing site in Nakasongola district got embroiled in a heated wrangle characterized by violence over the land.

Nakasongola MP Noah Mutebi Wanzala wrote to the Prime Minister on 1st/08/2023 asking her to intervene in the matter.

Prime Minister Nabbanja has summoned; Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister of Local Government, Minister of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, and Prime Minister of Baruuli Kingdom, as well as leaders of Amolatar and Nakasongola districts for the meeting.

Speaker of parliament Anita Among in a plenary on 17/07/2023, condemned the incident in Amolatar and asked the minister of internal affairs to convene a meeting to resolve the matter.

Kioga county MP, Moses Junior Okot Bitek said he will not attend the meeting, accusing the prime minister of bias.

Okot Bitek said Lango cultural leaders have not been invited for the meeting yet their counterparts of Baruuli, will attend the same.

 He said the meeting has also been convened at the office of the prime minister instead of Amolatar where the incident happened.

MP Okot Bitek adds that the prime minister and leaders of Nakasongola are attributing the land wrangle to past conflict between Lango and Baruuli which is not the case. 

He said Katushabe and her lawyer Eyotre are also supposed to attend this meeting.

Amolatar district chairman Geoffrey Ocen said he will make the government aware that the Baruuli do not own land in Amolatar except for those who bought land in the district and to demand for apology from them for mistreatment of the people of Amolatar on the lake.