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Uganda: CSOs allege locals displaced after investors are illegally allocated communal land in oil-rich region

Author: Lilian Namagembe, Daily Monitor (Uganda), Published on:

"CSOs cry out on land titles"

Civil Society Organisations(CSOs) have raised concerns over the unlawful issuance of land titles on land customarily owned in the Albertine Graben. The CSOs say this has orchestrated land grabbing in the area. They pointed at the district land committees which they accuse of conniving with the area land committees of issuing titles to rich investors some of whom are foreigners on land that is customarily owned...

Mr Bashir Twesigye, the executive director of Civic Response on Environment and Development (CRED) said more than 20,000 households have been evicted from their land and forced into camps since the discovery of oil in the Albertine Graben in 2006. Mr Twesigye said they have evidence of land titles which were issued by the respective district land boards to rich investors after recommendations from the area land committees. “A case in point is that of two incidences in Rwanutunga and Kiryamboga villages both in Hoima District where more than 1,200 households and 300 households respectively were evicted from their land which they had occupied for more than 49 years,” Mr Twesigye said.

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