Disabled Widow in Omoro Seeks UGX 200,000 to Settle Land Dispute.

A widow in Omoro district is seeking two hundred thousand shillings to settle a land dispute she is involved in with her husband`s brother and a school.
Grace Adong, 50, whose arms and legs are paralyzed accuses her husband`s brothers of illegally selling off her three acres of land to St Mary`s Lapiny Oloyo Primary School in Koro Sub County.
The land has been in contest since 2005 when Adong lost her husband Santa Ojok in 2005. Michael Kidega the St Mary`s Lapiny Ooyo Primary School Management Committee Chairperson says the land was verbally donated to the school in the presence of his brothers.
Gulu Women With Disability Union-GUWODU an advocacy group for disabled women in Northern Uganda intervened in the dispute in 2016 to help Adong get justice.
On the 18th September this year a mediation committee from Ker Kwaro Acholi chaired by Francis Opoka Binansio, the Rwot of Koch sub clan held a meeting at the Acholi Chiefdom Palace in Gulu together with the widow`s late husband’s brothers and the school management agreed to offer five acres piece of land to Adong.
The land is owned by Adong`s late husband and is located in the same area.
The mediation committee which constitutes of six clan chiefs from Acholi and selected members of GUWODU asked Adong to provide them with two hundred thousand shillings to facilitate their transport to the new plot of land for demarcation.
However Adong, is appealing for assistance saying that she has completely failed to raise the money because she does not have any source of income to facilitate the process.
The money will also be used to transport the mediation team back to their respective homes.
Joyce Auma, an advocate at GUWODU says they also completely have no money to facilitate the demarcation process.
She explained that the school has been exonerated of the expenses since it is not directly involved in the conflict.
The land is located at Pageya Parish Koro Sub County which is about 20 kilometers away from Acholi Chiefdom palace where the mediation committee sits.
Auma says on every visit to the contested site they spend at least 150, 000 shillings on transport and 60,000 for lunch allowance.
Rowt Opoka however says the committee will anytime go to demarcate the land if the money is provided. He explains the committee wants to resettle Adong on her new land to avoid more conflicts in the future.
Currently St Mary`s Lapiny Oloyo Primary School has laid foundation for more of its structures on the land which Adong and her six children are occupying.
Adwarping News.

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