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Kadaga Names Select Committee To Investigate Apaa Dispute

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.
06 Mar 2019 18:12
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

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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 people.

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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 answers.   

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 the conflict.  

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