Pasitora Kamugisha, a resident of the area, reported that the incident was promptly conveyed to the Elegu police. However, by the time authorities arrived, the structures were already consumed by the flames. Fortunately, no casualties were reported.
Charles Okoya, the Vice Chairperson of Apaa Sub-Parish in Apaa Township told Uganda Radio Network in an interview Friday that the assailants numbering about 100 men had camped in the area for one week.
In 2017, the government surveyed the land and compensated the original landowners to pave the way for the proposed plantation of sugarcane and the establishment of a sugar factory by Madhavani Sugar Factory.
Last week, a team from the Ministry of Water and Environment was forced to call off an environmental impact assessment exercise in the area after the residents turned violent and assaulted the team comprised of experts from the Ministry of Water and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, and staff of Amuru district local government and chased them away.
The aggrieved drivers Tuesday pitched camp at BLD parking in Elegu Town Council and refused to cross into the South Sudan territory over what they describe as persistent harassment by government agencies in the neighboring country.
William Odoki, a survivor of the attack, shared his harrowing experience during an interview with Uganda Radio Network.
Odoki revealed that the LRA rebels approached the IDP camp through Pagak Primary School, catching the deployed UPDF soldiers off guard.
Veronica Akumu, 87, who has now sought refuge at her sister`s home in Agoli Village which is about ten kilometers from her home has attributed the attack on her to a land dispute over more than 50 acres of land which her household is battling with the royal clan of Luboro.
Security sources told URN on Monday that the suspects disclosed that they were mobilized by the local leaders from the Madi Community and at the time of their arrest they were in possession of two pangas, nineteen arrows and two hand hoes.
The Incident happened in Pachilo-Oduti village in the Atiak sub-county. The victims were traveling in a Mercedes Benz Actros Fuel Truck registration number SSD 826U/SSD 900A destined for Nimule in South Sudan from Gulu city.
Amuru Resident District Commissioner, Stephen Odong Latek told Uganda Radio Network in an interview Monday that six trucks and a lorry carrying the charcoal were impounded in the operation that kicked off last week.
The planters, which are towed by tractors during planting were reportedly delivered to the Town Council under the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF) Project. They had reportedly been lying idle at the Town Council compound.
Onek Atunya Javis, 82, an elder in the area, says that the government's decision is wrong and will affect the growth and development of the area. He maintains that Apaa Township is Acholi`s ancestral land and has neither been a game reserve nor a forest reserve.
All was going on well until Nabbanja told the residents of Apaa Township and Amuru district officials that the Cabinet had resolved that all occupants of Apaa Township voluntarily leave by May 15th, 2023, or risk forceful eviction.