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The Apaa petition to President Museveni.

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More than 3300 people occupying the disputed Apaa area, which is border Amuru and Adjumani districts, have petitioned President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to degazette the area from a wildlife reserve.

In their April 30th 2019 petition, the affected people, say they want to live peacefully and free of disturbance by Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA, which has been threatening them with eviction since 2012.

The petition stems from a report issued by cabinet in February this year indicating that government will compensate 347 households in the area to resettle elsewhere. 

According to the report, each household will receive Shillings 10 million, 20 iron sheets and 20 bags cement. 

The program will reportedly be implemented by the Office of the Prime Minister-OPM, Lands Ministry and the Northern Uganda Minister, Grace Kwiyucwiny. 

Alfred Odoch, one of the petitioners says they don’t want compensation from government but want to continue living peacefully on their land.   

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Wilson Acuma, another resident says the petition was prompted by what he described as rumors by government to compensate them to vacate the area.      

Esther Angee, another resident, says she has no other livelihood because the land is the only source of livelihood for her family, which depends on agriculture.    Sylvester Odoki questioned why government is valuing the lives of game animals compared to humans. He says residents live in fear of attack and eviction by UWA rangers.    

 

Apaa Township is the epicenter of a violent conflict between UWA and host communities since 2012.

UWA claims that the area belongs to East Madi Wildlife Reserve and has threatened to evict the residents, who insist they inherited the land from their ancestors.

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