Government surveyors denied access to Lamintoo farm in Nwoya

Lands Minister Betty Amongi appearing before Commission of Land Inquiry mid this year. Courtesy photo.

Nwoya – A team of surveyors under Police protection were denied access to Lamintoo farm late last month besides Ministers’ directive.

The surveyors were dispatched by government to open up a land boundary being claimed to be ‘Lamintoo State Farm’.

They were denied entry by the two Members of Parliament, Adong Lily, the Nwoya Women MP and Oyet Simon. The MPs were in company of their locals from Agonga village, Koch Goma sub-county in Nwoya district.

Speaking to this contemporary news website, the Nwoya County MP, Oyet Simon accused government of intending to grab people’s land.

Oyet however advised government to negotiate with his people and to empower them toward commercial agriculture than giving out the land to one investor which may leave very many households homeless as they will be forcefully evicted.

However both community and leaders have threatened to drag government to court over the matter.

Mr Simba Francis – one of the lawyers filing a petition, last month while addressing the angry residents from Lamintoo trading center, said that they are going to file three [3] cases against government.

“Government should produce the documents of the lands she want to survey to determine the rightful ownership,” he said.

“……the court should as well put an injunction on these matters to stop the current government’s intention of surveying the land. It’s illegal since government has never negotiated with this community,” he added.

Last month, Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister [MP] Betty Amongi Akena visited Lamintoo and directed for immediate boundary opening.

The exercise, according to Minister Amongi was to ascertain the exact number of hectares and to allow government compensates affected locals.

The land in contention is to be offered to Fol Logistics Uganda Limited, a company dealing in rice value chain from procurement, processing and marketing.

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