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Apaa Conflict Mediation Committee Declares Weeklong Consultations

The 16-member-committee established by the President opted for the consultation on the first day of its meeting at Gulu State Lodge in 4th Division barracks on Thursday. They also resolved to conduct further meetings in a neutral venue outside a military installation.
07 Sep 2018 16:47
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The Joint Apaa Land Conflict Mediation committee has declared weeklong consultations with residents in the disputed township between the northern Uganda districts of Amuru and Adjumani.

The 16-member-committee established by the President opted for the consultation on the first day of its meeting at Gulu State Lodge in 4th Division barracks on Thursday. They also resolved to conduct further meetings in a neutral venue outside a military installation.

Dr Daniel Komakech, the Chairperson of Acholi delegation to the committee says they resolved to consult residents to inform their decision on the most feasible option in the set of proposed solutions to recommend to the government.

The options are relocating and compensating the residents in Acholi districts or resettling them near Adjumani administrative headquarters and degazetting a section of the 827 Square kilometer expanse of Wildlife Reserve for their settlement. 

Dr Komakech says they scrutinized each of the options against their merits and demerits to all the parties and resolved to conduct further consultation. He says they also agreed to have government deliver food and other humanitarian items to residents affected by the renewed conflict in which women were injured and homes destroyed.

Kilak North Member of Parliament Anthony Akol and a Member of the Acholi delegation says they also tabled several new demands including the security of the affected residents, their livelihoods and cessation of hostilities in Apaa.

 

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According to Dr Komakech, the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda assured the committee that hostilities against residents of Apaa would stop and support delivered to the people soon enough to help them cope.

James Leku, the chairperson of Adjumani district who is also a member of the Madi delegation says they okayed the consultation to allow affected communities contribute to finding a a lasting solution to the conflict.

 While the Madi delegation insisted on further meeting at the 4th Division barracks for security reasons, the Acholi delegation said they were not comfortable discussing civil matters from a military installation. They also disagreed over the presence of Gen. Moses Ali, the first deputy Prime Minister in the dialogue.

 

MP Akol says they objected to his presence because he is an interested party in the conflict. For a long time, leaders of Amuru district have been accusing Gen. Moses Ali of having invisible hands in the conflict which has claimed more than 18 lives.

 

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On Thursday, Gen. Moses Ali said while introducing himself at the dialogue that he came on the portfolio of the government delegation to the talks under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.

The committee is now expected to reconvene on Friday next week at a venue yet to be communicated.

Meanwhile, the Acholi delegation has announced that it will hold its first consultative meeting with religious and cultural leaders at the Palace of the Paramount chief of Acholi His Highness David Onen Achana II in Bar Dege Division on Saturday.