By Our Reporter
Entebbe: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni met and held discussions with a section of leaders from the Acholi subregion at State House Entebbe on Wednesday.
The leaders were led by the Chief Justice of Uganda, His Lordship Alfonse Owiny-Dollo.
During the meeting, President Museveni and the leaders discussed a wide range of issues regarding the recent Presidential Executive Order No. 3 that addressed, among others, the issue of Balaalo ownership of land in the Acholi sub-region.
He issued an executive order on May 19 this year following his regional tour, where he promised to deal with errant and undisciplined Balaalo herdsmen.
In the order, the president banned all Balaalo from Northern Uganda. The Balaalo were to leave the North by the end of June this year, but this was deferred to September 30th.
However, President Museveni again extended the implementation of the order to October 20, 2023, in order to give him time to study new reports about the Balaalo herdsmen operations in the region. The extension ends today.
The Acholi leaders reported to the President that some Balaalo were using the names of top officials in the government to commit crimes like grabbing land and destroying the crops of the locals, among other forms of unlawful acts.
The president promised the leaders that the issue would be solved by harmonizing the relationship between the Acholi people and the herdsmen.
“What you are talking about is very easy. You give me factual examples of the crimes being committed so that I have somewhere to move in,” he noted.
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