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Alebtong University Promoters Rush to Court

Hamson Obua, the Ajuri county lawmaker

Promoters of the proposed Alebtong University Of Science And Technology have resolved to drag the Alebtong district council to court for allegedly blocking their project.

The promoters who list the district chairperson Denis Okello, sickness Speaker George Okello and the district council, wants court to permanently restrain them from any attempts to interfere in their affairs.

A member of the university council, who requested anonymity says they resolved to drag the district leadership to court after they passed a council decision to block the ambitious education project.

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The source explains that despite several attempts to engage the district leadership in dialogue intended to resolve the impasse amicably, they remained adamant and still went ahead to halt their project from taking off.

He reveals that they also want court to direct the district council to unconditionally grant them ownership of a piece of government land situated in Awei sub-county, to a tune of 2,600 acres to establish the project.

Denis Okello, the Alebtong district chairperson acknowledges receiving information about an intention to sue but adds that he is yet to be briefed formally in writing.

Okello says since the promoters have chosen to take up the matter to court, he has no problem with having it resolved there, warning that the decision will have effectively closed all avenues of dialogue.

Okello who denies blocking the project says, the promoters failed to meet basic requirements set by the district before being granted permission to take off the project.

He says the district leadership wanted the promoters of the university to produce a provisional license from the National Council of Education but they failed to comply and further refused a free offer of a 200 acre piece of land insisting on being given 2,600 acres.

The latest twist comes after district leaders led by Ajuri county lawmaker Obua Hamson rejected the suggested establishment of the university project in the area on grounds that it’s a land grabbing scheme disguised as an education investment.

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