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Lands ministry tasked on London colonial maps

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Parliament has directed the Ministry of Lands to  present findings from a study visit to London
which was meant to acquire the  colonial
maps of Uganda clearly state the borders of Tororo District.

The visit to London was by a verification team of Members of
Parliament from Tororo,  Ministers and
officials from the Lands Ministry.

This followed the long standing dispute on the boundaries in Tororo
district.

The Speaker issued the directive after the Lands Minister for s
second time did not present the report on the visit to Parliament..

“I am giving you [Lands Ministry] up to 28 October when we resume
business to bring that information. If you do not bring it, we are not going to
handle the business of the ministry,” Kadaga said.

The State Minister for Lands, Hon Persis Namuganza had earlier
informed that House that cabinet was due to discuss the matter and a conclusive
report would be brought to Parliament.

“President Yoweri Museveni who has been chairing meetings with
members from Tororo district said the report is going to be perused by cabinet,
have its input and after, it will be presented to the House,” said Namuganza.

The Speaker wondered why cabinet had to discuss the report  two years after the matter was raised.  “I do not know whether the cabinet is going
to alter what was found there. What is the cabinet discussing? A map is a map!”
Kadaga said.

Hon. Fredrick Angura (Tororo South) presented a copy of the map
acquired from London.

He told the House that there was urgent need for the report and maps
to be availed by the Lands Ministry, so as to solve the impasse.

“We may all recall that over shs4 billion was returned to the centre
because it was not absorbed in Tororo district, and Tororo country to be
specific,” said Angura.

He added that, “the council lately only sits with members of West
Budama who are heavily guarded to deter members from Tororo County from
participating in the meetings”.

West Budama County South , MP Hon. Jacob Oboth proposed that
information on the matter ought to be sufficiently presented to Parliament; in
seeking a remedy to solve the border dispute that has spanned 21 years and
caused unending tensions in Tororo district.

“We need time to debate this matter. I request that the next time it
comes to the Floor of the House, we MPs from Tororo should be accorded enough
time to give both sides of the story,” Oboth said.

The impasse over land boundaries stems from 1998 tensions where
residents of Tororo County requested President Yoweri Museveni through then
area Member of Parliament, Hon Paul Etiang, for their own district saying they
were being marginalised.

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