By Baluku Yosia
KRC and RFPJ recently held a regional consultative review meeting for land alliances in Fort Portal to discuss a number of issues. The major objectives of this meeting were; to create space for sharing critical information, brainstorm on specific cases of land and their possible deep rooted causes and suggest actions, analyse the challenges that impede implementation of recommendations and strategies by actors and finally to draw a road map for the Kasunga 8. Participants of this meeting were drawn from the KRC established District Based Land Alliances from Kasese, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo and Kabarole. Popular opinion leaders and district Land officers were also present to give technical backstopping. CSOs including RICNET, RWECO, Twerwaneho Listeners Club TLC, Rwenzori Women for Peace RWFP also took part in the discussion. Districts shared reports highliting specific land matters, challenges and possible solutions.
Kasese reported to have already submitted a petition to the advance team of the Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire led commission on Land inquiry that is expected in the region in November. Key among the issues in the petition were the land in Rwehingo where the court order was issued by court with costs of over 8 billion to be paid to farmers but which has never been implemented. Other areas include; kayanja-Nkoko land, Kabukero, Bigando and Rwentale where the 3:1 ratio allocation has been a cause of untold and bloody conflicts in the District among others. Kamwenge District reported to have had several land challenges as well including the evictions of people from Mpokya in Kibaale National park in 1992 where communities have never been compensated, corruption, Rwamwanja land evictions, Deadly land (soil) bacteria that causes Elephantiasis common in Busiriba Sub County.
The meeting resolved to conduct the 8th edition of the Kasunga Regional Leaders Retreat in December 2017, but details, venue and the organizational details would be discussed in subsequent meetings