PAKWACH: Uganda railway corporation is set to evict hundreds of households who are illegally encroaching on it's 56 acres of land located in Pakwach town council.
In the survey carried in the presence of the affected persons on Thursday, a team of surveyors from Uganda railway corporation noted that 75 per cent of its land is illegally occupied with permanent structures established on it.
Mr Jonathan Tukamuhabwa, the chief surveyor Uganda railway corporation who led the delegation observed that parts of the land were fraudulently sold and dubious land titles acquired on the government land.
Tukamuhabwa said the cooperation is in custody of the list of settlers who were fully compensated and constantly has warned the community against settling and practicing farming on the land whose milestones they have vandalized.
"The concept of this land survey is to erase the notion that Uganda railway is no more and to define the existence of our land boundary and also to remind those grabbing it that they should start the process of evacuating peacefully", he said.
The over 300 households have however appealed for government intervention saying they have nowhere to go having settled in the area for more than 30 years.
According to Mr Elia Jakaranda Jakweyo, the leader of the affected community in Nyamatai in Puvungu said some members ignorantly purchased the land and the sellers have relocated in parts of Bunyoro due to fear of returning the money.
He said some of the affected members are planning to challenge the decision in the courts of law.
"With the rapid flood that has ravaged our people, they decided to relocate here and suddenly this bad news emerges, who is going to compensate for this, we want formal notification so that we seek the advice of our lawyers", Jakaranda said.
The community claim that they predominantly derive their livelihood from agriculture on the land arguing that evicting them will be detrimental to their livelihood.
Ms Jessica Apio said she migrated in 2000 from Gulu during the insurgency and is hosted at "Acholi empire", the former staff quarter for the railway and has become home to hundreds of war victims from Acholi region.
Uganda railway corporation is also in land rift with Kerkwaro Puvungu over Wanglei cultural site where Gipir and Labongo separated over planned expansion.
Pakwach town council is also claiming 1 acre of land for establishment of a lorry park that the cooperation claim is under its administrative unit.
The team of the seryers will proceed to Nwoya where the railway line stretches to regional headquarters in Gulu to define its actual boundaries