John Godo, an Elder in Ayivu and Minister in Lugbara Cultural Institution, says that the decision to remove Ayivu from Arua City is aimed at safeguarding the common heritage of the Ayivu and Lugbara people from being eroded by the influence of the City.
A group of
activists in Arua under their umbrella “Save Ayivu Initiative’’ want Ayivu Division removed the city and be
declared an independent district. Ayivu County officially became part of
Arua City forming Ayivu Division on July 1st last year. The election
of leaders at all levels in the division was held under Arua City.
of Ayivu County to Arua city stemmed from a meeting between some people from Ayivu
and President Museveni at State House Entebbe 28th July 2015, where they demanded
that the whole of Ayivu is included on the City.
Save Ayivu Initiative comprising of people from the seven Sub Counties that
formerly formed Ayivu County now Ayivu Division in Arua City claim that they
were not consulted. They claim that they found themselves smuggled into Arua
City, which has prompted them to raise and demand a district status as
opposed to being part of the city.
The group is
currently collecting signatures from the over 600,000 people in Ayivu to make
their case. Gasper Pirio, the Spokesperson of "Save Ayivu Initiative" told
Journalists at a Press Conference that the Elders were not consulted.
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an Elder in Ayivu and Minister in Lugbara Cultural Institution, says that the
decision to remove Ayivu from Arua City is aimed at safeguarding the common
heritage of the Ayivu and Lugbara people from being eroded by the influence of the
City. According to Godo, their appeal to the government is to listen to their
petition and allow them to move out of the City and form Ayivu district
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Faustine Yikita, a member of "Save Ayivu Initiative’’ and former Ayivuni Sub County councillor, says that they have been labelled subversive by some leaders with
selfish interests because of coming out to enlighten the people of Ayivu to
stay out of the City.
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Nyakua, the former Arua District LC 5 chairman and now Mayor Arua City, says that consultation were extensively done at all Sub Counties before they
annexed the county.
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Arua City is
among the ten Cities that started last year. The city covers an area of over
400 kilometers, 48 parishes and 498 villages. According to the members of Save
Ayivu Initiative-SAI, they intend to petition the President’s Office once they raise
three-quarters of the 600,000 signatures in Ayivu to opt-out of the City and
create Ayivu district.