Lira. The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Martins Okoth-Ochola, has ordered the North Kyoga Regional Police Commander (RPC), to deploy officers on the contested land in Lira District.
“By copy of this letter, the RPC is required to immediately takeover and occupy the said land by deploying police officers to avoid any alienation of the same by Lira District local government,” the February 28 letter, signed by Ms Christine Nanding on behalf of the IGP, reads in part.
The district leadership and police have been battling over ownership of three plots of land in Erute Prison, Central and Ojwina divisions in Lira Municipality.
Part of the disputed land in Erute is being used as the North Kyoga regional police headquarters.
The land was previously occupied by defunct Local Administration Police before its operations were transferred to the central government under the Uganda Police Force.
The North Kyoga Regional police spokesperson, Mr David Ongom Mudong, said the Force would ensure the directive is implemented.
“We have received the letter directing us to takeover and occupy the said land. We shall take action as directed by the IGP,” he said on Tuesday.
However, Mr Mark Tivu, the chief administrative officer, earlier indicated that he would not allow anybody to grab the district land.
He said the contested plots in Ireda in Central Division and Ojwina Division were taken over by the district in 2006 soon after the disbandment of Local Administration Police.
“When the transition took place, police left the land and the properties were reverted to Lira District. This land has been managed by the district since 2006 to date. The new Akii-Bua site was part of this land and the district donated it to Ministry of Education and Sports for the development of Akii-Bua Stadium,” Mr Tivu said recently.
The integration of Local Administration Police into the police, according to the Police (Amendment) Act, 2006 S67A, 67B and 67C, required that the properties belonging to and used by Local Administration Police be transferred to the Police Force.
Mr Tivu said the Police Act does not specify which assets that were to be reverted to the Force.