Bulambuli Residents to Resist Land Giveaway to Sugarcane Investor

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Land owners in Bulambuli district have warned government against giving out their land to sugarcane investors.

Land owners in Bulambuli district have warned government against giving out their land to sugarcane investors. Over the weekend, Simon Peter Wonanzofu the LC V chairman Bulambuli told Museveni that they have over 50,000 to offer to investors for sugar cane growing. In response Museveni said the land would be given to Indian investors to plant sugarcane to avert the sugar crisis.


But residents of Bulambuli Sub-county whose land the district has offered to sugarcane investors say they were not consulted before the pronouncement. Stanley Adaka Mumiya, secretary Bulambuli land verification committee says the land which the district leaders have promised the president belongs to people who were displaced by years of cattle rustling. Adaka says the owners of the land have since returned following the relative peace that is now prevailing in the place.
 
 
He says the deal can only go through if the investors enter into direction negotiations with land owners. He says the residents are also getting weary over government failure to release a report of a commission that investigated land ownership in the district. Early last year, government sent a team headed by former Deputy Inspector General of Government Julius Odwe to investigate land ownership in the district but to date the findings has never been made public.


The residents also want government to help them recover 1000 acres of land which was illegally sold to Mbale Municipal Council by a local resident identified as Simon Wotsomu. He got powers of attorney from the residents to sell the land but never gave them the money. The land was to be exchanged with National Forestry Authority. Mtwalib Zandiya the Mayor of Mbale says his office will investigate how the residents were cheated and bring those responsible to book.

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Khaukha Wambi the LC3 Chairperson of Bulambuli District Chairperson says any transaction carried out on the land should be in consultation with its owners.

 

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