By Gabriel Adrapi
Some landlords in the refugee hosting communities of Yumbe district are in conflict with the district local government and office of the Prime Minister -OPM, over alleged land grabbing.
The landlords, who claim to own about 2,000 acres of land in the five sub counties hosting refugees in Bidibidi refugee camp, are accusing OPM of using the district local government to grab their land.
But the chairman Yumbe district Taban Yassin, explains that the move to lease the land is to ensure the sustainability of the facilities that were constructed by development partners.
A member of Yumbe district youth council Achile Twaib has threatened to lead a crusade against the authorities of Yumbe district if their grievances are not addressed.
Solomon Osakan, the refugee desk officer in the office of the prime minister in Arua, has backed up the suggestion of Yumbe district local council, to code the facilities that were constructed to serve the refugees and the host communities.
With the signing of the final peace deal between the government of South Sudan and the rebels, some of the landlords in Bidibidi, are hoping that the refugees will one day leave the area.
The landlords are now counting down for the voluntary repatriation of refugees so that they can own the structures that were constructed on their land without any formal agreement. End