Soroti University drops land claim

Thursday November 19 2015


Soroti. Management of Soroti University has withdrawn a suit it had brought against 51 residents of Apuuton village over trespassing on the institution’s land.
The university has been embroiled in a wrangle with the community over ownership of land on plots 50 and 51.
In a letter dated November 16, which Daily Monitor has seen, the university says management is seeking an out- of- court settlement. It is signed by Ms Ruth Achimo, the university secretary. The letter has been tabled before the Grade One Magistrate’s Court.
The university on July 28, sued Augustine Erimu, William Ocen, Geresom Eotu, Charles Okia and 48 others for tresspassing onto Soroti University land.
Mr George Malinga of D&G Associates, who is representing the defendants, welcomed the university’s move to withdraw the case and asked court to award costs to his clients.
Mr Erimu, 84, one the defendants, said he was a grown up man by the time his foreparents donated their portion of land to Teso College Aloet in the 1950s. He added that the disputed 110- acre piece of land rightfully belong to the community of Apuuton village in Arapai Sub-county in Soroti District as ancestral land.