Warning: Trying to access array offset on value of type bool in /usr/www/users/urnnet/a/story.php on line 43
Police Beef Up Security at UN Compound :: Uganda Radionetwork
Breaking

Police Beef Up Security at UN Compound

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Police spokesperson says the deployment is to prevent the displaced residents becoming violent or staging a demonstration at the UN facility.
Apaa Residents Construct Tents Inside UN Compound in Gulu Town

Audio 2

Anti-riot police have deployed around the UN Compound in Gulu Town as displaced residents from Apaa Township occupy it for a second day.

On Wednesday morning, a group of residents from Apaa Township numbering more than 200 entered the offices of UN Human Rights in Gulu Town seeking refuge from what they described as torture, human rights violations and destruction of livelihoods by state agencies.

They accuse soldiers of Uganda people's Defense Forces - UPDF, Uganda Police Force - UPF and rangers of Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA as well as Forests Guards of National Forestry Authority-NFA for the alleged violations.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Police spokesperson says the deployment is to prevent the displaced residents from becoming violent and staging a demonstration at the UN facility.

//Cue in: “We are just monitoring…

Cue out: “…anything in line to that”//

Since morning, more than 10 police officers attached to the Field Force Unit-FFU and others dressed in plain clothes continue to patrol Samuel Doe Road, the street along which the UN Human Rights office.

Okema says police does not want to take chances since it is unsure of how the planned meeting with Acholi leaders and UN Human rights at the facility will end up. 

//Cue in: “If there is a plan…



Cue out: “…no definitely to it”//

Apaa is at the heart of a bitter ownership dispute between Adjumani and Amuru and two major statutory agents Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA and the National Forestry Authority-NFA.

UWA and NFA claim the area is part of Madi Wildlife Reserve and Zoka Forest Reserve respectively after parliament gazetted the area in 2002.

Residents say the gazettement infringed on their land rights as it happened while they were in camps for internally displaced persons during the height of the Lord's Resistance Army conflict.

On Friday, Electoral Commission de-gazetted the area from the country's electoral database saying the Ministry of local government had issued a statement confirming that the area constitutes parts of Zoka Central Forests Reserve and East Madi Game Reserve. 

The residents who have migrated from the area say the de-gazettement is an early warning symptom that the worst in coming again.

Support us


Images 1

Keywords

Entities