The people of Acholi have vowed to continue shunning leaders who are deemed insensitive to their land rights, saying as a community, they have suffered a lot of humiliation from such leadership in the past.Justifying the recent voting pattern in the region in which the ruling party lost, the community argue that they cast a protest vote against the rampant violations of the indigenous community’s land rights perpetrated mainly by state actors.
The Acholi accuse the leaders of humiliating and brutalizing locals in all processes of illegally land acquisition. Land wrangles account for 80% of the cases in Northern Uganda, even after the 20 year Lord’s Resistance Army insurgence.
However, as resettlement commenced in 2006, land wrangles emerged as another cause of insecurity in the region. The region is registering high incidences of land conflicts owing to poor property rights, poor statutory and traditional justice, raising land interests from external forces among others. The Acholi thus believe that the ballot is the only means of communicating their land grievances.