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Acholi Chief Asks Gov't to Contain Land Conflict

Speaking to the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda at his Palace in Gulu Town on Monday, Achana said ignoring such a major land crisis for far too long has been the biggest recipe for insecurity and uncalled for bloodshed.
Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda Being Welcomed By Acholi MPs at the Palace of Paramount Chief of Acholi

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David Onen Achana, the Acholi Paramount chief has asked government to prioritise the Apaa land conflict before the situation spirals out of control. The Apaa land conflict pits the Acholi in Amuru and Madi from Adjumani district.

 

The two communities are feuding over a piece found along the border of the two neighboring districts. Several people have been killed and dozens of others displaced due to clashes between the two communities.

 

 

The latest clashes occurred last week, claiming the lives of 3 people and injuring more than 20 others. Several others were displaced following the destruction of their houses and property.

 

Now, David Onen Achana, the Acholi Paramount chief wants government to take action to prevent further bloodshed. Speaking to the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda at his Palace in Gulu Town on Monday, Achana said ignoring such a major land crisis for far too long has been the biggest recipe for insecurity and uncalled for bloodshed.

 

 

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According to Achana, it is unfortunate that government often ignores early warning signs, which point to bloodbath among communities.

 

 

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Dr. Rugunda informed Achan that government instituted a Commission of Inquiry into land matter recently so as to find a lasting solution to land problems in the country.

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President, Museveni set up the Justice Catherine Bamugegerire led Commission against a back drop of numerous land disputes in the country. 

 

 

The other commissioners include Robert Ssebunnya; Mrs. Mary Oduka Ochan; Mrs. Joyce Gunze Habaasa; Dr. Rose Nakayi; Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi - the immediate past Attorney General; and Mr. George Bagonza Tinkamanyire.

 

A section of members of parliament from Acholi say finding a lasting solution to land problems in the region should involve wide consultations with regional leaders at all levels.