The suspects, a 50-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man whose names have been withheld for security reasons were arrested on Sunday afternoon from their homes in Mungula Parish. They were picked up in a joint operation conducted by the Police and the Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF soldiers.
Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah interacts with Fourth Infantry Division Commander Gen Bonny Bamwiseki during a visit in APaa.
Security authorities in Adjumani District are holding two people in connection to deadly clashes that claimed the life
of one person and left two others severely injured last week in the
disputed Apaa area in Ngoro village,
Itirikwa Sub County.
The suspects, a 50-year-old woman and a
53-year-old man whose names have been withheld for security reasons were
arrested on Sunday afternoon from their homes in Mungula Parish. They were picked up in a joint operation conducted by the Police and
the Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF soldiers.
It follows an attack orchestrated by a group of
armed men from the Acholi community against their counterparts of Madi in Ngoro
village in Mungula Parish on Wednesday last week. Capt. Hassan Ahmed Kato, the Fourth Infantry
Division Spokesperson, says
security personnel who had been trailing suspects since last week’s attacks
followed bloodstains that led them to the suspect’s homes on Sunday afternoon.
"Bloodstains led the joint force of UPF and UPDF
close to the homes of the suspects,” he said. He
says the suspects who are safe in their custody will assist in the
following the attack on the Madi community.
Capt. Kato however appealed to both communities to
maintain calmness and stop attacking each other as “the govt is doing
everything possible to sort the matter peacefully”. Adjumani Resident District Commissioner, Peter Daban Data said that it was still premature to divulge any details
on the ongoing operation.
Taban says security is still on the ground following up suspects on
arguing that disclosing more details about the arrest and operation will alert
other suspects to flee into hiding. “Security is still doing their thing, that one
we don’t disclose it, you know somebody has been killed so if security is
arresting somebody, why do you people also want to know about it? If I give you the information, what if the
friend hear will they not run away?” he asked.
Taban told URN in an interview on Friday that one
person was still missing from the Wednesday attack, adding that security has only managed to
recover his cap and his
whereabouts remain unknown. On Thursday last week, the Army and Police jointly foiled a
revenge attack by a group of armed men from the Madi Community who had
reportedly planned to retaliate against locals in Zoka.
The relationship among the Madi and Acholi
occupying the contested Apaa Township has been sour over the years following a
move by the government to demarcate the land formerly believed to be part of
Amuru District in October 2017.
Bureau Chief, West Acholi