The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Apac, Mr. Abdul George, has cautioned the community surrounding Maruzi Ranch against taking the law into their hands. The RDC made this statement while addressing a group of community members who had threatened to demonstrate over what they termed as the illegal sale of the Ranch to the “Muyinidi.”
The community had complained that they don’t see the value of the Ranch, which was given to Hillside Agricultural Ltd to plant Oil Palm. They accuse the government of lying to them about allocating 10 square miles of the land to the community members of the district.
The community began to mobilize themselves immediately upon hearing that President Museveni gave back land initially allocated to Makerere University to the Baluli community in Kiryandongo district.
In his remarks, the Apac Resident District Commissioner (RDC) informed this publication that the Apac District Local Government is following up on the issue of part of the land that will be sub-leased to the local authorities for an outgrowers scheme, which will address the concerns raised by the locals of Apac. He, however, warned that anyone who breaks the law by vandalizing any development on the Ranch will face the full force of the law.
The government allocated 54 square miles of Maruzi Ranch for Oil Palm plantation and 10 square miles to Nagric and Naro for animal breeding.
RDC George Abdul addressed a section of the media on Sunday evening.