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Otuke district yet to get stock farm

FILE PHOTO: President Yoweri Museveni on spot.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  | President Yoweri Museveni is yet to deliver his pledge of establishing a district stock farm in Otuke district.

In 2009, President Museveni while in Otuke district pledged to establish the stock farm in the area to be used as the livestock multiplication centre to boost government restocking program in the region.

In 2012, the district council then allocated about 10,000 acres of land to Amodonyanga village, Atira parish in Ogwete sub county bordering Lango with both Karamoja and Teso sub-regions.

President Museveni subsequently directed the State House controller to deliver some 200 heifers on the land. However, the proposal stalled in 2013 due to land dispute when some local residents mainly from the clan of Atek-Okwerowee rejected it.

To date, the land has remained idle and occupied by the encroachers both from Lango, Karamoja and Teso sub-regions mainly dealing in charcoal burning.

Robert Abak, the Otuke Resident District Commissioner says that the land has since remained redundant after evicting those who had been claiming its ownership.

He says that the land will be surveyed and titled before the project is implemented.

Bosco Odongo Obote, the Otuke LCV Chairperson says that he has since written to Lands Minister Betty Amongi seeking for technical support to have the land surveyed.

In 2018, the residents through a special committee headed by Joseph Obote Otiti wrote to President Museveni demanding for his immediate intervention and ensure the stock farm is set up.

In their letter dated, 26th April 2018, and signed by the 15 member committee, the committee has informed President that they have successfully evicted the illegal occupants and the land is ready for use.

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