Museveni orders arrests over Apaa deaths

Apaa Land Conflict

President Yoweri Museveni has directed for the immediate arrest of leaders/persons who fuelled Apaa land clashes.

Earlier, the president summoned Members of Parliament from Acholi and Madi region where at least 10 people died and scores injured.

Government on Friday dispatched 600 bags of rice as additional food relief to victims of Apaa land clashes who are currently displaced.

This is the 2nd batch of food relief sent to the Amuru; 1st batch was sent to the area at the beginning of this week.

The latest food relief was diverted from Karamoja where it was destined because situation in Apaa is urgent according to the government.

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Probe team speaks

The land probe commission chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire also addressed press on Friday over the latest conflicts.

Mary Odupa, a member of the committee, said one of the challenges they are facing is the demand from the public wanting to know the role of the commission.

“We are not a court. Another challenge is expectations from the public but we’re going to cover many parts of the country as soon as possible.”

Owek. Robert Sebunya, another member, was concerned with ‘untouchables’ in government who continue to feature in land grabbing schemes.

“We have powers to call that particular person. We will have to operate within the law. Anybody who will be required to appear before us will be summoned.”

The Commission said it is closely monitoring Amuru and that it is in position to handle anybody who thinks they are ‘untouchable’.

“We will come in to see that the situation is resolved after consultations. Time will tell the role of this commission.”

According to Kilak North MP, Gilbert Olanya, the conflict has so far displaced 4,000 people while 12 others are missing.

On Monday, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda visited Amuru district to assess the situation together with ministers of Disaster and Relief Preparations Hilary Onek, Betty Amongi for Lands and Tourism State Minister Godfrey Kiwanda.



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