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According to Olaa, while the old list had several politicians, the nominated members will be supported by a lawyer and land surveyors identified as Julius Ojok and Mathew Okello.
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Acholi chiefdom has revised the list of members it initially nominated to consult residents of Apaa Township and Madi community affected by the prolonged land dispute. The committee was established on the directive of president, Yoweri Museveni.

 

The committee is expected to consult the affected communities on the best option of resolving the land dispute. According to Museveni, the committee will work for three works under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda and report its findings to his office.

The committee is expected to choose between relocating and compensating the affected residents to a land in Acholi or Madi as well as de-gazetting part of the 1,702 square kilometers of East Madi Controlled Hunting Ground for human settlement.

Last week, President Museveni said only 827 Square kilometers had been gazetted for East Madi Wildlife Reserve in 2002 by Parliament. Ambrose Olaa, the Prime Minister of Acholi chiefdom, says they have appointed two academicians from Gulu University to the committee. 

They are former Director of the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies of Gulu University Dr. Daniel Komakech and Professor Elizabeth Opiyo. The other members are Amuru LCV Chairperson, Michael Lakony, Kilak North Member of Parliament, Anthony Akol, the Head teacher Y.Y Okot Memorial College, Glays Oyat and former EALA Speaker Emeritus, Dan Kidega. 

According to Olaa, while the old list had several politicians, the nominated members will be supported by a lawyer and land surveyors identified as Julius Ojok and Mathew Okello.  

Olaa explains that the eight members will work with a team of ten advisers led by the Acholi Paramount chief, Rwot David Onen-Acana II and the archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese Dr. John Baptist Odama and himself.  

The others he says are the Khadi of Acholi Muslim District, Sheik Musa Khelil, Rwot Jakeo Acaye, the chief of Pabbo, Amuru Woman MP, Lucy Akello, former Chua County Member of Parliament, John Livingstone Okello-Okello, Sabino Ocan, Dr. J.J. Oloya and Kitgum LC V chairman, Jackson Omona.

The Madi Community has also named it representatives as Dr. Esukuru Robert, Prof. Sister Dominica Dipio, Office of Adjumani LC V chairperson, Harriet Mesiku, Lawrence Akuti, Suru Baro, Moses Kibirai and Prof. Christine Dranzoa.

Apaa land dispute relates to its ownership, geographical location, land use and management. Both Adjumani and Amuru districts claim the area belongs to their territory while Uganda Wildlife Authority and National Forestry Authority also claim ownership.

More than 26,000 people currently living in the area claim it as their ancestral land. The dispute flared in July this year displacing 234 forcing them to pitch in the compound of United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCR) in Gulu Town.

They have since returned home to the disputed township, some 120 Kilometers North West of Gulu Town.