Gulu local leaders, local authorities together with security agencies stressed to the commission of inquiry into land matters the increasing demand of land in the area causing land related conflicts like murders, assault and criminal trespass.
The 20 years of insurgency in the Acholi Sub region left many people displaced into IDP camps and when the war was over people returned and started claiming government land resulting into boundary disputes, land grabbing among others.
It should be noted that 90 percent of the land in Gulu is customary land and much of the land is grabbed by elites of Gulu, Ex- soldiers and refuges and local authorities leaving the rightful owners of the land in tears.
The commission of inquiry chaired by Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire quizzed number of officials including the LC5 Chairperson of Gulu Ojara Mapenduzi, Awot of Acholi Richard Santon Apire and retired Justice Okello were they stated that land dispute resolution should be left to the traditional leaders and be reserved as it used to be.
The Acholi Sub region include districts of Kitgum, Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya, Agago, Pader, Omoro and Lamwo – Northern Uganda has in the recent past been characterized by mass land wrangles including conflicts that resulted into deaths in Apaa. This was preceded by naked strip protests by women in Amuru that were protesting against the manner in which government is handling land issues in the region.
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