13 people have been arrested in the past two weeks in separate incidents. On 25th October, nine people were arrested from Gazi village by Uganda Wildlife Authority – UWA rangers and taken to Openy Jiji prison in Adjumani.
The directive is contained in a communication from the Office of the Prime Minister under the Reference ADM/186/01: cabinet resolution on Apaa to Adjumani district local government dated March 28th, 2019. It directs Adjumani district local government to relocate the market to another site to protect wildlife in disputed East Madi Wildlife Reserve.
On Thursday, Members of Parliament who were traveling to visit the displaced residents led by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Betty Aol Ochan and Opposition Chief Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda were stopped by armed police officers.
Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South Member of Parliament told URN that they will proceed with the planned rally despite the heavy deployment of soldiers and Police in Gulu Town. He says they are also demanding the immediate release of John Bosco Uhuru.
Lawrence Akuti, the head of the Madi Delegation told journalists in Gulu district that his team has received valuable input from interpretations of land and associated legal regimes of the country a meeting held today, Friday.
President Yoweri Museveni has stayed a debate on the Apaa land dispute pending his visit to the area next week. Parliament had yesterday started a debate on the unending conflicts between the Acholi and the Madi communities following a statement by the Defence Minister Adolf Mwesige on the Apaa evictions in Amuru and Adjumani districts.
Government has suspended her latest efforts aimed at resolving the bitter land dispute in the contested areas of Apaa in northern Uganda district of Amuru. Ben Kumumanya, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Local Government, has however written to Adjumani and Amuru district leaders notifying them of the suspension of the efforts indefinitely.