The Acholi team that was set up to investigate the Apaa boundary
dispute has accused the Government of neglected the displaced Apaa residents.
Over 300 residents of Apaa village, Pabbo Sub County have been displaced due to
the boundary dispute.
The communities have been disputing over land, which is estimated to be 40
In 2015, government forcefully planted mark stones in Apaa
Village, in the Amuru-Adjumani districts to demarcate boundaries amidst
protests from Amuru residents.
More than 21 people were injured when police used live bullets to disperse
those opposed to the demarcation exercise.
However, the conflicts between the two communities have been continuous characterized
by attacks of the occupants with machetes and arrows, torching of grass
thatched houses, something that has led to the displacement of hundreds of
residents of the area.
Government says that the
land in question is part of East Madi wildlife reserve.
As a result, Government set up an eight-member committee from both the Adjumani
and Amuru districts led by the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to investigate
Now appearing before the Parliamentary select committee on Apaa,
Daniel Kidega, the Vice-chairperson of the Acholi team noted that Government
has failed to protect the people affected.
Kidega says both the madi and Acholi side had initially agreed to restore order
in Apaa with people’s grass thatched houses being torched daily, people beaten
and shot with bows and arrows under the watch security.
He also faulted Government for failing to compensate the affected persons
despite President Museveni’s pledge.
Kidega also said the humanitarian support to the affected people was so lukewarm.
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He also says the proposal to degazette about 25 square kilometres for the
affected residents to settle in does not hold, as that is not sustainable.
Gladys Oyat, also a member of the Acholi team says that the
affected people feel victimized and are suffering double tragedy as they had
just returned from the war. She says that several Government institutions like
hospitals and schools clearly indicate the dispute area is in Acholi.
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Christopher Ojera, the Local Councilor 1 of Pabbo, a resident of the area told
the committee that whereas it could be true that some part of the land was in
Adjumani, it doesn’t stop people from living together. Ojera says UWA was to
blame for the evictions.
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Committee chairperson Agnes Amede told the members that they will do their best
to present the adequate report and solution before the house.