Peter Taban Data, the Adjumani Resident District Commissioner Peter Taban Data explains that the move is to deter more people from entering in the disputed area to engage in illegal activities like charcoal burning and illegal lumbering which often incites conflict.
Ben Anyama, the Adjumani district LC V chairperson (Courtesy Photo)
Adjumani District Security Committee has announced a ban on commercial charcoal production and logging in the disputed Apaa area.
According to the security committee, they have noted with concern that the activities of illegal charcoal burning, logging, and lumbering inside the protected areas of East Madi Wildlife Reserve and Zoka central Forest Reserve are responsible for the killings in the Apaa land conflict.
Peter Taban Data, the Adjumani Resident District Commissioner explains that the move is to deter more people from entering the disputed area to engage in illegal activities like charcoal burning and illegal lumbering which often incites conflict.
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The ban follows the recent spate of clashes in the disputed Apaa area in which six people lost their lives and 11 people sustained injuries. Meanwhile, several grass-thatched huts were destroyed by unknown assailants in attacks that happened between November 29 and December 1, 2023.
Ben Anyama, the Adjumani LC V Chairperson, appealed to the illegal occupants in the protected areas to voluntarily vacate the area to avoid further bloodshed between the Acholi and the Madi. He also urged the government to expedite the process of facilitating the commission of inquiry into the Apaa land conflict headed by Retired Chief Justice Bart Katureebe to start their work.
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According to records from the Security, an estimated 40,000 illegal foreign settlers entered the disputed Apaa land over the past four months.
The disputed Apaa land spanning about 827 sq km is being claimed by Adjumani and Amuru districts in northern Uganda as well as the Uganda Wildlife Authority which says the disputed areas is part of the East Madi Wildlife Reserve.