Shady agri deal and rumours of oil: why Amuru citizens stand to lose their land a second time | Land Portal
Author(s): 
Ivan Okuda and Emmanuel Mutaizibwa
Language of the news reported: 
English

After the war, all the people of Amuru wanted to do was to return to their land and carry on farming. Communities began returning to this fertile stretch lapped by the Nile River a decade ago, after years of being in displacement camps during the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency.

But now a new kind of conflict is brewing. This is prime agricultural land which may have oil reserves on it. The Ugandan government and big business are eyeing the area for profit, and appear intent on forcing local communities off their land.

Earlier this year, Transparency International Uganda partnered with the Daily Monitor newspaper and a local TV station to document the situation. Here’s what they found:

 

Read the investigations:

This project was funded by a grant from Transparency International’s Land and Corruption in Africa Programme.

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