By Flavia Nassaka
From Oct 19 to 23, Uganda will be hosting the annual land conference which has seen land actors under their umbrella the International Land Coalition (ILC) Africa Regional Assembly attending. This conference takes place at a time when the country is experiencing an increase in land conflict cases. Recently, people died and others sustained injuries during a forceful demarcation of a disputed border line between Adjumani and Amuru districts in Northern Uganda.
Edmond Owor, the Executive Director of Uganda land Alliance (ULA) said in a statement that the major issues on the agenda included promoting Karamoja’s experience where the alliance formed over 52 communal land associations to fight land grabbing and other related land conflicts.
“We hope to find lasting solutions to Uganda’s land challenges and those of the continent in general,” Owor said just before the conference kicked off.
Ms. Ramaroson Mino, the ILC Africa Regional Coordinator says the major objective for this meeting in Kampala is to define the new strategic framework for Africa in line with that of the International Land Coalition.
Attended by ILC Africa member representatives from the East African Community (EAC), South Africa, Malawi, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin and Madagascar among others, these platform meetings are organized on a rotational basis whereby the previous ones were held in Cameroon in 2012, South Africa in 2013 and Madagascar in 2014.