Uganda hostage of greedy leaders – Pulkol

Former head of External Security Organisation David Pulkol has said the government is cluttered with greedy people who have held the country hostage and abused its resources.

“The present government is manned by people who are selfish, greedy and they act as people who have inherited Uganda instead of being guardians in protecting the country’s land from land grabbers,” Pulkol said.

Mr Pulkol, an executive member of the African Security Sector Network, accused government of failing to resolve land conflicts, especially in areas rich in mineral resources. He was speaking at a workshop on National Land Policy Implementation, Extractives and Community livelihoods in Gulu Town on Monday.

He said officials of the current government seek to enrich their own families at the expense of the citizenry, adding that government no longer cares about the ordinary and vulnerable people.

“Let’s emphasise on nationalism. We won’t put the foreigners before us. Even if they invest in the country, an agreement is struck to enable the nationals benefit more,” he added.

He cited the current land conflicts in areas endowed with natural resources, which he said could be best addressed through a memorandum of mutual investment benefits between the investors and the local people.

Prof Ogenga Latigo, the chairperson of Acholi Technical Committee on Oil and Gas (ATCOG), told Sunday Monitor in an interview on Monday: “If we value the land at the community level where no individual has a right to dispose it of, then that land is protected.”

Mr Onesmus Mugyenyi, the deputy director and manager for Environmental Democracy Programme at Aocates Coalition for Development and Environment, said the main aim of the workshop was to disseminate the government’s national land policy.

“The recently concluded National Land Policy has very good proposals on addressing issues of land conflicts and land injustices. This meeting is aimed at disseminating policies and explaining roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders and looking at the emerging issues that affect the communities resulting from exploitation of mineral and oil resources,” he said.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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