Pastoralists, Farmers Clash Over Refinery Land

A refinery will have to be built to export Uganda's crude oil A refinery will have to be built to export Uganda's crude oil

By Busiinge George

Seven people were this week arrested and at least 10 cows killed following a land clash between cattle pastoralists and Alur farmers in the Oil refinery land in Kabaale parish, Buseruka Sub-county, Hoima District.

The clashes broke out over in Kitegwa village after Aur cultivators accused the cattle herdsmen of grazing in their gardens and destroying their crops.

The serious battle is said to have occurred Monday morning when a group of Alur community attacked the herdsmen and engaged them in a serious fight. The fight left six people injured.

Bernard Akankwasa, the Hoima district police commander has regretted the incident adding that seven people have been arrested. He said some of the injured are admitted at Buseruka health center three.

He identified some of the suspects as Garleri Senfuma, Peter Nzabarita, Elifunsi Habamungu, Feresiano Nzatumu Suzan Tumuhweirwe and Innocent Barushimana.

John Steven Ekom, the Hoima Residence District Commissioner said that several people are said to have gained access into the oil refinery land to cultivate and others grazing their animals.

Ekomu who chairs the Hoima district security committee said they have deployed police to avert any fights as they address the matter amicably. He said they are also investigating reports that some local leaders in the area are hiring oil refinery land to cultivators at as a cost ranging between sh100, 000 to sh120, and 0000 per acre per year.

Government compensated 7,118 people who were settling on 29-square kilometer piece of land in Kabaale parish, Buseruka to pave way for the construction of the oil refinery.

Out of these, 86 families were resettled in Kyakaboga where government procured 500-acres piece of land after they opted for resettlement while others were given cash compensation.

In April last year, pastoralists clashed with cultivators in areas of Nyahaira, Kitegwa, Bukona ans Kyapuloni over similar issues.

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