Rugunda in Apaa for PR stunts, says MP

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MP Joshua Anywarach addresses voters at a thanksgiving ceremony of Terego

Hon. Joshua Anywarach, Padyere County MP, says Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda only visited the Northern region for public relations issues.

He was discussing land conflicts on NBS TV Wednesday with the case of Apaa land wrangles where eight people have so far died.

“We have had a meeting with the government before on these land conflicts and we came up with a strategy,” he said.

Anywarach further revealed that unfortunately, that strategy has never been implemented.

“My suggestion is that the Prime minister should have first revisited the strategy plan. Government is grabbing land from citizens to give to investors because they now need land for agriculture.”

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He cited a need to do a holistic understanding of land as a country to come up with a safe guard against people’s land.

“We have let in foreigners in the country in the name of refugees and that is somewhat a problem.”

According to Anywarach, refugees have as much rights to land in Uganda as its citizens. They are going to start acquiring land.

He said government does things haphazardly in the name of a tribunal but that the government does things with too much emotions than with reality in check.

Meanwhile, government delivered food to displaced people in Apaa parish in Amuru district.

The consignment of beans, rice and Maize flour arrived at Amuru district stores, according to Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South Member of Parliament and was distributed to the displaced persons in Apaa trading centre on Wednesday.

Michael Lakony, the Amuru LC V chairperson, told Uganda Radio Network the food relief will benefit more than 1,000 people.

Disaster Preparedness Minister, Hillary Onek has asked Amuru authorities to ensure equitable distribution of food relief.

The affected people were displaced fled their homes following a raid by armed Madi youths from Adjumani disputed over a disputed piece of land.

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