The Minister for Lands, Hon. Betty Amongi has revealed that local leaders from Acholi have met with President Museveni and agreed to have the pand surveyed.
Last week, locals organised a nude protest against Amongi who had gone to oversee the surveying exercise.
Addressing journalists at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala on Wednesday, Amongi said in the meeting with Museveni, the local leaders agreed on the importance of the sugarcane project in stimulating development and pledged to support the ongoing project.
“All the leaders agreed on the importance of the sugarcane project in stimulating economic developement and pledged support to the onging exercise,”Amongi said.
The lands minister named Acholi chief Rwot David Onen , Bishop Baker Ochola, Odonga Otto and Gilbert Oulanya among some of the local leaders who graced the meeting at Entebbe State House on Tuesday.
Amongi also revealed that they will be addressing a joint rally in Amuru on Monday but said they had agreed that security deployment should remain .
“They agreed that the deployment should remain while a thorough investigation on the concerns raised is carried out by law enforcement agencies.”
She applauded the leaders for their efforts in ensuring a consensus is reached and embracing the program.
The land in question amounts to 10,000 hectares that Madhvani wants to grow sugarcanes on after being given green light by government.