US, Sudan firms evict 35,000 people in Kiryandongo

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On Tuesday, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga decried rampant eviction of Ugandan citizens.

She said about 35,000 people in Kiryandongo have just been displaced and private firms that are sharing their 9,300 acres of land for commercial farming.

One official claims that these people went there on their own; without being allocated; and therefore government has come out to allocate the land for serious farming.

“However, 14 primary schools, 20 churches and 8 private units have been demolished!” Kadaga said.

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“So if the people simply occupied the land, how did anyone, including government, construct 14 primary schools?” she wondered.

She added: “We need answers because progressively, we are creating a landless society and it seems it no longer raises any issue because evictions have become normal!”

The 35,000 people who were living 20 villages are now homeless, according to the resident district commissioner (RDC), Peter Debele.

He said “encroachers took advantage of the empty space” to settle in the vast fertile ranches.

Agilis Partners, a US company, Great Season, a firm owned by Sudan nationals, and Kiryandongo Sugar Limited have acquired the land under leasehold.

Agilis Partners is currently preparing the land to grow simsim (sesame), maize, sunflower, and soybean.

Kiryandongo Sugar Limited is planting and producing sugar and Great Season is growing coffee.

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