Dokolo Evictees Drag Town Council to Court

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Residents of Dokolo district who were evicted from their land have sued the town council over unfulfilled compensations.

Residents of Dokolo district who were evicted from their land have sued the town council over unfulfilled compensations. The complainants say that they were evicted from their land in 2006, to pave way for the construction of roads. On Thursday, the aggrieved people told court presided over by the Lira resident high court Judge Justice Simon Byamukama Mugenyi, that the town council authority in 2006 opened roads on land which belong to residents. Led by Francis Omara, the residents also said that they were never consulted about the road construction plans. Omara said that many people were rendered homeless and have since been displaced. 63-year-old Yubentino Otwal, said he lost his three houses including a permanent building and other valuable properties when his two acre piece of land was transformed into a road. He is demanding for compensation in order to buy a piece of land where he can relocate his family to. The complainants lawyer, Mike Abwango, the victims’ defense lawyer told court that several properties including graves were demolished during the roads opening. Justice Byamukama ordered that the land should be surveyed and valued so that the residents can be compensated. Justice Byamukama also ordered the Dokolo town clerk to appear in court on June 21st. # # #