Councilor Held Over Forestry Boundary Conflict

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Deo Obura, the Amuria District Police Commander says that the councilor was picked up after NFA filed a case against him and others for threatening violence and obstructing them from opening up the boundary

Robert Okitoi Erisat, the Kapelebyong sub county LC V councilor in Amuria district is in police custody over the ongoing Alunga-amosimos Forest Reserve boundary conflict. Okitoi was picked up by police from Amuria town council on Tuesday over allegations of threatening violence and obstructing National Forestry Authority officials from opening up the boundaries of the forest.
 
Deo Obura, the Amuria District Police Commander says that the councilor was picked up after NFA filed a case against him and others for threatening violence and obstructing them from opening up the boundary. Obura says Okitoi’s co-accused appeared in court last month. Robert Drabile, Sector Manager National Forest Authority Soroti declined to comment on the arrest of the councilor and referred our reporter to Police.

Ketty Akol, the woman representative Kapelebyong, Okungur and Obalanga sub counties has condemned the arrest of Okitoi. She says Justice Henrietta Walayoissued a temporary injunction last month stopping NFA from surveying and reopening the disputed boundary.
 
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The injunction was in response to an application filed by resident through their lawyer Richard Omongole to stop NFA from carrying on with its planned activities on the 4,686 hectares of land. In her ruling, Justice Henrietta Walayo ordered NFA to halt its activities on the land and allow the residents go on with their normal activities  pending the hearing of their case on October 27, 2014.

 

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.