Uganda: Mabirizi Promises Tribunal to Protect Land Rights | Land Portal
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By: John Okot

Date: January 12th 2016

Source: AllAfrica.com


Gulu — Independent presidential candidate Elton Joseph Mabirizi has pledged to set up a land tribunal that will fight cases of land grabbing when elected into office.


Speaking to residents in Cerelenu market, Gulu, at the weekend, Mr Mabirizi said he will ensure the people in the north don't lose their source of livelihood to land grabbers.


The presidential candidate said land boards will be taken to the lower levels, for example, at the sub-county, to resolve land matters so that land is used productively.


"People in Acholi have suffered enough. You suffered during the (Lord's resistance Army) war and you are still suffering since your land is not benefiting you. When I am voted into office the land issue will be no more since a land tribunal will be put in place to handle all cases of land grabbing," Mr Mabirizi said.


He noted that the current government has failed to resolve land problems in the north, especially in areas where oil has been discovered, and claimed that some government officials are benefitting from land conflicts.


On corruption, Mr Mabirizi said new anti-corruption measures will be put in place after overhauling the existing anti-corruption institutions so that those found guilty will have their properties confiscated and sold off to recover the money.


"When I become president, those found guilty of misusing government money will be prosecuted and will not get any job within government for at least 15 years after abetting graft," he said.


Background


Land conflicts in northern Uganda arose as people, who had been displaced by the Lord's Resistance Army insurgency, began to return home in 2006 after years in internally displaced peoples camps.


In April last year, women stripped in protest against a boundary demarcation on a contested piece of land in Apaa that is claimed by both Amuru and Adjumani districts.


Residents of Amuru District have also locked horns with government over the giveaway of a big chunk of land to the Madhvani Group for sugarcane growing.


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