Minister of Lands Housing and Urban Development, Betty Amongi has halted activities and mandate of Amuru Land Owners Association over fraud and corruption.
Amongi in a letter dated 18th October 2018 said the ministry will no longer recognize the operation of the association leaders due to complaints of irregularities from land owners and illegality.
She stated that the association was not registered, has no clear source of funding and are unlawfully soliciting for money from land owners.
She noted that the ministry will only work with the association if land owners agree that they still want to continue with their leadership, and when the association presents clearly their functions, mandate activities, and source of funding in writing to her office.
Patrick Okumu, the Chairperson Amuru Land Owners Association confirmed receipt of the letter and welcomed the directive.
He revealed that his executives are corrupt and extorting money from land owners amounting to over Two Million Shillings allegedly for its operation but was never accounted for, furthermore he revealed that 18 ghost people were included in the list of beneficiaries.
Odong Emmy Bush the Association Vice Chairperson however said their chairperson has failed to account for UGX 1.5 Million that was collected from members for its activities.
One of the land owners, Richard Odoch lauded the minister`s decision but said they need the association to coordinate activities of land owners but under new leadership.
Michael Lakony, the Amuru district chairperson confirmed receiving the letter. He said his office together with the land owners will conduct election of new leaders after one week and forward to the minister`s office.
Government has this year started compensation of 209 land owners in the Madhavani Sugar Project Area in Kololo Sub County at a tune of UGX 5.4 Billion.