UPDF Officer Warns Opposition Over Land Grabbing Talk

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Brig. Kavuma says opposition politicians campaigning in the region are using what he called diversionary propaganda of land grabbing as a means to achieving election victory.

Brigadier Sam Kavuma, the Commander of 5th Division of Uganda People's Defense Forces has attacked opposition politicians for politicizing land matters in Acholi sub region.
Brig. Kavuma says opposition politicians campaigning in the region are using what he called diversionary propaganda of land grabbing as a means to achieving election victory. He says the cheap politicking is charging members of the public into recipe for future chaos.
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Brig. Kavuma warned that such politicians will be judged by history and personally held accountable for the tension they are creating. He says the politicians should desist from sensationalizing land matters and outline crucial development agenda such as wealth creation, provision of better education and health.
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Kavuma advised voters to treat the politicians with the contempt they deserve for causing unnecessary anxiety for many years. He said ugly scenes of old women undressing over land in Amuru could have been avoided if politicians were preaching development.
Land grabbing saga in Acholi sub region has been at the heart of many politicians including Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi. Last week, Mbabazi pledged to institute a moratorium on land transactions when elected president in view of investigating disputed land deals in Northern Uganda.
Dr. Abed Bwanika, the People's Development Party (PDP) presidential candidate also pledged to check land grabbing in Acholi sub region by issuing titles to all customary landlords.
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In April last year, some women in Pabbo Sub County, Amuru district undressed in front of government officials including lands minister Daudi Migereko and the then internal affairs minister General Aronda Nyakairima. 
At the local level, Livingstone Okello Okello, the Uganda People's Party stalwart insists that land grabbing is real in Acholi sub region. He says he wants to represent the people of Cua County in the 10th parliament so as to pursue some of the contentious land matters in courts.
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About the author

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.