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Opposition MPs Visit Amuru to Gather Evidence from Residents

Roland Mugume, the Rukungiri Municipality MP and deputy Opposition Chief Whip explained to the residents that they traveled to Apaa to gather evidence on the excessive force used by security agencies during the boundary demarcation exercise.
14 Sep 2015 15:32
from left t right, Mr Muwanga Kivumbi, UPC\'s Olara Otunu, Roland Mugume, Ibi Ekwau and the Pageya clan Chief Yusouf Adek singing at Apaa trading center on sunday.
Opposition Members of Parliament are planning to table a report on the floor of parliament on the excessive force used by government agencies during the Amuru-Adjumani district boundary demarcation exercise last week.

At least five people were shot by the Police and Army and several others injured during protests by residents against the boundary demarcation exercise. 35 other residents were picked up and remanded to Gulu Prison for their alleged involvement in an unlawful assembly and malicious damage to property. 

On Sunday, opposition legislators visited the disputed 40 square mile piece of land in Apaa Parish in Amuru district. They are Medard Sseggona, Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi, Ibi Ekwau, Roland Mugume, Gilbert Olanya, and Lucy Akello. In his address to the residents, Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi, the Butamba County MP and Shadow Internal Affairs Minister regretted the brutal force used against the residents by government agencies.

“What happened to the people of Amuru was a result of greedy politicians involving themselves in land grabbing, we want to assure you that every torture, injury and loss of properties in this area will be documented and tabled for discussion in parliament,” said Kivumbi.

He also disclosed that they had also heard a lot of allegations from the residents on what transpired in Amuru and will compile it so that the victims are accorded justice. Kivumbi urged the people of Apaa not to give up on the peaceful fight for their land.

Roland Mugume, the Rukungiri Municipality MP and deputy Opposition Chief Whip explained to the residents that they traveled to Apaa to gather evidence on the excessive force used by security agencies during the boundary demarcation exercise.

Mugume said “It\'s absurd that in the 21st century, the government can fire live bullets on armless people who are defending their land. We stand in solidarity with the affected people and will ensure that a party is answerable to all this crimes.”

According to Mugume, after compiling the information from the affected residents, they will discuss it with opposition leaders under The Democratic Alliance before tabling it on the floor of parliament. Dr. Olara Otunnu, the Uganda People\'s Congress-UPC Party President who represented The Democratic Alliance said, Museveni was to blame for the atrocities committed against Amuru residents.

“This is no local land dispute, it is state manufactured. Museveni is setting up a trap of divide and rule between the Acholi and Madi so that the two tribes fight each other. We don\'t want our people to fall into the trap,” Otunnu said.

He pledged that as political leaders they will work together with the local community to ensure their grievances are addressed in a transparent manner. The MPs also visited two victims of the Apaa shooting at St Mary\'s Hospital Lacor and toured Korobi and Zoka bridges that were allegedly vandalised by locals during the protest.