The minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Betty Amongi has warned the detractors of the Amuru Sugar factory against frustrating the exercise of surveying the land. In a meeting held with the Amuru local leaders and residents on Monday at the district headquarters Amongi said government will deal with the people who will block the survey. She told the residents to accept the development just like the 21 occupants of the land who have agreed to settle with the government because many jobs will be created once the factory has been set up.
Former Kilak county member of Parliament Michael Ocula who has for long been objecting the land lease said they will withdraw the court petition they had earlier on filed.
The land survey will be on August 10th, in the areas of Kololo and Lakang.
In June, leaders from the chiefdoms of Pagak, Pamucha and Toro and members of the Amuru executive council agreed to settle with the government. In a meeting held in Kampala, Betty Amongi said the affected communities will be compensated, and the government will meet the legal costs of the community lawyers. The minister also said the locals will own shares from the 51% shares that will be owned by the government. Madhavani will hold 49%. 10,000 hectares of the land will be gazetted for the establishment of the sugar factory.