In the article “Museveni, Acholi leaders’ meet over Amuru land flops again” in the Daily Monitor of May 2, the reporter strove to misrepresent the Acholi leaders’ visits to Kalangala and Kakira, and their meeting with President Museveni. From April 26 to 29, I led the team of Acholi leaders on the above visit at the request of President Museveni. At the end of our field visits, we unanimously agreed on a resolution that was signed on our behalf by Mr Ojara Mapenduzi the LC 5 chairperson Gulu District, Sheik Musa Khilil, ag. chairperson Acholi Religious Leaders’ Peace Initiative, Rwot Peter Oola Ojigi of Ker Kwaro Acholi, and Mr Semei Okwir, RDC Nwoya District.
The resolution essentially thanked Mr Ochula, other litigants and some leaders who, led by minister Betty Bigome, have been negotiating with the government over Amuru land; and also thanked the government for agreeing to compensate all affected people and allot shares in ASW for the locals. The resolution further urged that the negotiation covers all community interests, including resettling affected households, project-based government-funded out grower schemes, building of critical infrastructure in the project area, and general support for agricultural development in Acholi; and also asked Acholi leaders to unite so that the project could start within the next three months.