The Peril of Divorce – story of Aguti
Aguti Anna, aged 41 years a resident of Anai wigweng village, Anai parish, Lira Sub County reported a case of land dispute to UGANET office. This was after she attended a legal aid sensitization at Lira regional referral hospital during ART.
She, Aguti, was married but divorced her husband and returned to her father’s land where was given a portion as her inheritance to cultivate and build a house in 2004. She had later been given an additional portion of land to be as she awaited the clan to distribute the land among her and her brothers. Later, her brothers asked her to leave the garden and maintain only her first portion of the land where she had a house and a small garden.
When she reported her case to the office in March 2015, a letter was drafted inviting her family for mediation. This was sent to clan leaders and LC1 of her area calling them to UGANET Lira office. An initial mediation was held and the clan leaders agreed to go and resolve the matter back at home. However this was not done as disagreements emerged within the clan and leadership was distorted. A second letter was then sent by office requesting the clan leaders to convene a meeting and resolve this matter with the help of UGANET; however, this process was ignored by the clan.
A demand notice/notice of intention to sue was then written and sent to the family and this is when they were prompted to hold a clan meeting and resolved to divide the land giving a portion to Aguti.
However, she did not agree with this distribution as the portion handed to her was rocky and able to sustain cultivation. The matter was then referred back to UGANET office where mediation was again held and the client was given a better portion of land.