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Police quell protest by Amolatar locals over land dispute

molatar District Police on Monday thwarted an unauthorized demonstration organized by locals in protest of a “stranger” who allegedly wanted to access a disputed land in the district.

Amolatar locals armed with batons protest in Namasale Town Council on Monday, July 17, 2023. PHOTO/ @PoliceUg

AMOLATAR, UGANDA: Amolatar District Police on Monday thwarted an unauthorized demonstration organized by locals in protest of a “stranger” who allegedly wanted to access a disputed land in the district.

According to the PRO Police North Kyoga Region SP Patrick Jimmy Okema, the protest was in response to allegations made by Miss Katushabe Juliet, an administrator of an estate believed to belong to the late Kawaki Nafutali, a former resident of Bungu cell in Namasale Town Council, Amolatar district.

By mid-morning on Monday, locals armed with sticks took to the street to express their grievances after learning that Katushabe was allegedly claiming ownership of the land equivalent to 100 acres which was allegedly occupied by Mr Okello Moses from Bungu cell in Amolatar district.

The disputed land had remained vacant after the tribal fight between Bantu and Luo-speaking tribes of 1979 until recently when the fight for it arose.

Locals of Namasale Town Council in Amolatar District take part in a protest on July 17, 2023. PHOTO/ PoliceUg

SP Okema said Ms Katushabe through her Kampala-based lawyers, Eyotre & Co. Advocates wrote to the chairperson of Bungu cell, requesting a meeting with the community members who have occupied the land to engage in a dialogue today (July 17).

“However, this proposal did not sit well with the local residents, leading them to organize an unlawful protest while awaiting the arrival of Miss Katushabe Juliet and her lawyer,” SP Okema noted.

Upon receiving the information, the District Police Commander (DPC) of Amolatar and his team responded to the situation and managed to calm down the agitated locals by engaging with community leaders.

Okema says the complainant and her lawyer were warned against visiting the site and were advised to pursue legal redress through the appropriate courts of law.

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