Residents Protest Redevelopment of Wetland

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John Odyek, another resident wants the local authority to block the ongoing development on the land saying it is very dangerous for the wetland.

Residents of Ayago Parish in Railways division of Lira Municipality are protesting the proposed establishment of pump fuel station at Okole Swamp. The disputed swamp measuring about 100 by 70 meters is found about 3km along Lira-Kitgum Highway at the Ayago road junction.
 
However, Tom Okwir, the proprietor of Eclipse Beauty Shop in Lira town has started setting up a pump fuel station on the land. Nelson Okwir, a resident of Ngetta Sub County wonders how Lira municipality can allow Okwir to set up a fuel station in the swamp. He says previous attempts by residents to use the land were met with resistance from the local authorities.

John Odyek, another resident wants the local authority to block the ongoing development on the land saying it is very dangerous for the wetland. But Mike Adoko, another resident of the same parish defends Okwir saying the contested land is neither a wetland or road reserve. He says Okwir’s investment on the land would help curb down insecurity in the area.

Geoffrey Obote Atyang, the Lira Municipal works and technical services secretary faults Okwir for not following the right procedures in acquiring the land.
 
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Okwir says he acquired the land legally from its owners and nobody will stop him from setting up his investment on it. Juliet Tino, the Lira municipality environmental officer confirms the disputed land is a wetland. Last week Lira town clerk wrote to Okwir ordering him to stop further development of the land in breach of environmental protection laws.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.