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Uganda threatens to expel Oxfam and NGOs over land-grabbing claims
Oxfam and the Uganda Land Alliance have been threatened with deregistration by Uganda's internal affairs minister Hilary Onek
In the clearest signal yet that allegations of government involvement in the allocation of land to large commercial enterprises are embarrassing President Yoweri Museveni and government elites, Oxfam and the Uganda Land Alliance (ULA) were called this week to the home affairs ministry and threatened with deregistration by the internal affairs minister Hilary Onek.
Criticism of the two NGOs centres on allegations made last September by Oxfam that more than 20,000 people had been evicted from a government-owned forest in Mubende and Kiboga districts to make way for a British forestry company. Residents told Oxfam that Ugandan security forces enforced the evictions, setting fire to homes and crops and in some cases beating and imprisoning people.
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/may/10/uganda-oxfam-land-grabbing-claims