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Apaa Land Dispute Talks Extended

In a press statement issued by Julius Mucunguzi, the Communications Advisor of Rugunda, Rugunda noted that the extension is meant to allow for the on-going consultations by the two teams to be finalized.
A press statement issued by Julius Mucunguzi, the OPM Communications Advisor
The committee set up by President Yoweri Museveni to discuss and resolve the Apaa Land dispute between the Acholi and Madi communities has been given a one-week extension to resume talks.

Led by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, the committee was expected to resume talks on Friday.

In a press statement issued by Julius Mucunguzi, the Communications Advisor of Rugunda, Rugunda noted that the extension is meant to allow for the on-going consultations by the two teams to be finalized.

During a meeting in Gulu last week, the eight-member Acholi team requested for a week-long period to conduct conclusive consultations.

In August, President Museveni suggested three options to the leaders in the two districts of Acholi and Madi wrangling communities to select an-eight-member committee to discuss on the options within three weeks and the resolutions be handed over to him.

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 kilometres of East Madi Controlled Hunting Ground for human settlement.

The disputed land of Apaa has drawn deadly clashes between Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA, National Forestry Authority and Residents. UWA claims Parliament gazetted the land a conservation zone in 2002 as part of East Madi Wildlife Reserve while NFA contends it is part of Zoka Central Forest Reserve. 

In July 2015, elderly women held a nude protest before government officials who attempted to demarcate the borderline between Amuru and Adjumani, claiming that they had violated the initial British boundary and extended into Amuru District.