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Locals urged to use clan leaders to resolve land disputes

By Alexander Okori

Added 30th August 2017 11:11 AM

Locals now use the clan leaders and LC2 courts to settle their grievances

Community policing campaign on land related matters has yielded fruits in Obalanga Sub County, Amuria district, Police has said.

In June this year, Police together with local leaders embarked on community policing drive to sensitize locals on land disputes owing to the escalating cases of land disputes in the area.

The OC CID Obalanga Police Post, Tom Omutoj, attested that they have not received any serious land related cases since the launch of the campaign compared to the past.

According to him, the locals now use the clan leaders and LC2 courts to settle their grievances resulting from land conflicts. 

The sub county chairperson Iteso Cultural Union, Michael Ediku, encouraged members of the public to use clan leaders to handle land matters rather than courts, saying courts depend on hearsay when ruling on disputes.

“Land wrangles today were happening because clan elders who have the background knowledge of family and clan members are being ignored”, he said.

Ediku further asked clan leaders to be truthful because if they continue peddling lies, then they are bound to destroy the trust and system in place.

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