Amuru women strip naked before minister Amongi

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Amuru women strip naked again

Desperate elderly women once more stripped naked before Lands minister, Betty Amongi, in Amuru district.

According to reports, the minister visited the district this week with surveyors in a move to demarcate the land, which locals say was forced upon them.

To prevent the surveying exercise in the area, elderly women gathered and blockaded the road. They then stood before the minister and undressed themselves, chanting defiant songs.

Amuru women strip naked again

Government had allocated over 10,000 hectares of land in Amuru district to Madhvani group for a Sugarcane plantation.

Lands Minister Betty Amongi went to survey the land to commence the sugar works only to survive being lynched by locals.

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They openly accused government of trying to seize their lands under new land amendments, a move the opposition has been condemning and sensitising the public about.

“Amuru women (warriors) and their men once again defend their land from “Minister” Amongi’s forceful survey! Great Amuru defiance,” opposition strongman, Kizza Besigye, hailed.

In 2015, Amuru women stripped naked before ministers protesting the planned demarcation of the disputed boundary between Amuru and Adjumani districts at Apaa, Pabbo Sub-county.

The elderly women undressed before then Internal Affairs minister, Aronda Nyakairima and Lands minister, Daudi Migereko, who had gone with a team of surveyors from the ministry of Lands to plant mark stones in a bid to end the long-standing dispute between Amuru and Adjumani residents.

The land in question was being claimed by Uganda Wild Life Authority that it is part of East-Madi Game Reserve.

The police and army were forced to pull out from the disputed land.

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