Land and Compensation Dispute Podinga Village Buliisa Sub county

IMG_0053On 27th January, 2016 Mr. Bonefence Bikobo report a case to BIRUDO office for mediation on land and compensation which Tullow Oil Company is to pay him on access road. But the son Mr. Robert Wathaum claim that the land where access road is belong to him, it was given to him by his grand father. on 20th Feburary, 2016 Mr. Robert Wathaum was poison and death on the same day. He left two widows and three children who are trying to followup the case. BIRUDO try the engage Mr. Bonefence Bikobo to resolve the case on one to one but failed.

On 15th April, 2016 BIRUDO organised a mediation meeting in their Village which was attended by Tullow Oil Company SP-Coordinator Ms. Keren Atugonza and Inspector of Police incharge of CFPU Buliisa District Ms. Kalsium M. Bioga and the Village community. The Widows made a demand to share both land and compensation money but Mr. Bonefence Bikobo refused to the demand said he will not accept dividing both land and compensation money.

Therefore these widows and children help to protect their rights over this land and the compensation money.

Promotion of Land Rights and Access to Land Justice in the Oil Rich Buliisa District

Buliisa District Key Stakeholders and USAID SAFE TeamThe key stakeholders in Buliisa District and USAID SAFE Team attending project review meeting at Buliisa District Resource Centre. This meeting was to share end of project evaluation report with key stakeholders and get feedback and inputs from key stakeholders from a one (1) year project from 1st November, 2014 to 31st October, 2015. The project aim at contributing towards strengthening the capacity of the formal and informal land management and administration institutions in two (2) sub counties of Ngwedo and Kigwera, Buliisa District. This project was funded by USAID SAFE Program with fund from American People. The project focus on legal and land rights awareness, Capacity building  of Local Councils Courts, Area land committees, District Land Board and cultural leaders,  capacity building of Community Legal Volunteers (CLVs) on legal aspects of land and land rights as well Alternative Dispute Resolution. So as CLVs monitor land rights violations, conduct mediation, refer the clients, and act as focal point persons for BIRUDO and BIRUDO’s in house lawyer provide on spot legal advice and counseling. Mediation where necessary.

Stimulate a Public Debate on How Local Governments Can Best Utilize Extractive Royalties in Buliisa District

IMG_0018[1]Buliisa Initiative for Rural Development Organization (BIRUDO) is implement a project aim to ‘Stimulate a Public Debate on How Local Governments Can Best Utilize Extractive Royalties in Buliisa District,’ with funding from Natural Resource Governance Institute (“NRGI”). On 14th October, 2015 BIRUDO held dialogue at Buliisa District targeted District leaderships comprise of district local council, standing committees, technical staff, security officials and CSOs representatives. The project aim at empowering the local communities and their leaders with knowledge and innovation that enable them promote best practices of transparent and accountability of managing royalties to the local government and information sharing.

BIRUDO Launch a New Project

IMG_0437On 28th September, 2015 BIRUDO launch a project aim to guarantee proper implementation of government programs and accountability, BIRUDO, under the auspices of Governance, Accountability, Participation and Performance (GAPP) Project with funding from USAID and UKaid GAPP Program, is empowering Vulnerable Groups, Community Based Organizations and Local Communities with innovations for meaningful engagement with local governments to ensure proper implementation of government programs and accountability in Buliisa District.