The Speaker of Parliament,
Rebecca Kadaga has today named a six member Select committee to inquire into
the contested Amuru-Adjumani district boundary of Apaa.
Butebo Woman MP Agnes Ameede will chair the Select committee with Mukono South MP Johnson
Muyanja Ssenyonga, Kyaka South MP Jackson Kafuuzi Karugaba, Worker’s MP
Margaret Rwabushaija, Bungokho North MP Sizomu Gershom Wambede and
Makindye-Ssabagabo Municipality MP Emmanuel Ssempala Kigozi as members.
Kadaga tasked the committee
to investigate the current state of affairs relating to the land conflict in
Apaa community, determine the root cause of the conflict and the displacement of
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Following a statement
by the Internal Affairs State Minister, Mario Obiga Kania, on the state of affairs
in Apaa last month, Parliament in a debate resolved to constitute a
select committee with Kadaga making it clear that Parliament was not satisfied with the minister’s
The statement by the
minister had been informed by a matter of national importance raised by Amuru Woman
MP Lucy Akello on 23rd January 2019 in which she noted that there was continued brutal
and inhuman evictions of the residents of Apaa.
In his statement, the
Minister Kania noted that the area was initially demarcated and handed over to Adjumani
district and that this resulted into a conflict that has degenerated into land
encroachments and other forms of lawlessness.
He further told
parliament that President Yoweri Museveni had set up an inter-ministerial
committee led by the Prime Minister and that the committee was to report to the
President for a decision.
Kania reported that calm had returned to the disputed
area and that most of the people affected by the recent violence especially on
the side of Apaa, had taken refuge near the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces
(UPDF) detach in the area.
The Prime Minister,
Ruhakana Rugunda’s inter-ministerial committee is yet to table its findings on