Army denies killing people in Apaa land clashes

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UPDF in Apaa over land conflict

The national army has refuted allegations that senior UPDF officials are involved in Apaa land conflicts that have so far claimed four lives.

Last week, a clash between the Acholi and Madi left four people dead and 21 others badly injured while over 60 huts were torched.

In March, one person was killed and more than 130 huts burnt by armed thugs in Apaa.

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda spent Monday in Northern Uganda trying to settle the land disputes, accompanied by Minister of Lands Betty Amongi, Minister of State for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda, Minister for Disaster Preparedness Hillary Onek.

The team met the Rwot of Acholi before travelling to Amuru and Adjumani to settle the land disputes.

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UPDF spokesman, Brig Richard Karemire, said in a statement that allegations made by Kilak North MP, Anthony Akol, were unfounded.

According to Akol, UPDF officers dressed in civilian clothes participated in Apaa attacks using arrows to kill and injure people.

“His accusation is an absolute pack of lies and should be treated with the contempt it deserves,” Brig Karemire said.

He said UPDF is tirelessly working jointly with other sister security forces led by police to restore normalcy.

“The police is working hard to apprehend perpetrators and bring them to account so that law and order is maintained,” the army spokesman said.

He said political leaders are already engaged through various consultations to establish the root cause of the clashes with the view of reconciling the affected communities.

“Our hearts and thoughts go to the families of the victims.”

About 700 people mostly the Acholi from Juka village have been displaced in the violence and camping at Apaa trading centre, according to media reports.

About 100 Madi people also fled the violence and are camping at Zoka primary school.

Speaking in Arua over the weekend, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, said government had been tasked to demarcate the boundaries.

She reminded the First Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Moses Ali, to follow up the matter and complete the demarcation exercise.

West Nile is currently mired in border conflicts with deaths reported.

There are international border disputes with South Sudan in the districts of Lamwo, Amuru, Moyo and Yumbe.

There are also disputes with the Democratic Republic of Congo in the districts of Nebbi, Zombo and Arua.

Apart from the international disputes, there are also inter-district border disputes between Gulu and Amuru; Amuru and Adjumani, Yumbe with Arua, Moyo and Yumbe, Nebbi and Nwoya including sub-county and parish conflicts.

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