First Deputy Prime Minister, Moses Ali, has denied involvement in Apaa clashes where at least eight people have so far been killed.
This came after some leaders in Acholi sub-region accused Ali, who also doubles as Adjumani West County MP, of orchestrating the conflict.
In a statement released Tuesday, Ali said by the time clashes happened in Adjumani district last week, he was in Kampala attending the State of the Nation Address.
“I don’t see how I can disassociate myself from the people I lead. Every time you hear my name is because I represent those people in Parliament,” Ali said.
He added: “We told Hon. Gilbert Oulanya [deputy speaker] that we must sit and mediate land issues in Apaa and we agreed to hold peace talks. We as leaders of Adjumani chose peace”
Ali denied responsibility of the attacks and asked those trading lies to let government do its investigation and stop making their allegations.
The clashes are mainly between the Madi and Acholi people in North West Uganda.
According to Gen Ali, these cases are not tribal but political and are being instigated by some elements.
“I urge political leaders to leave these issues to the cultural leaders,” he said in a statement.
According to Hon. Gilbert Oulanya, it was Ali who promised these people land during campaigns.
“It’s unfortunate that Gen. Moses Ali is pointing fingers at political leaders,” Oulanya said.
He added: “I’m really happy that government has kept its promise of delivering food relief to the affected people. I’m really happy that the PM is coming back to Amuru. I will wait to welcome him tomorrow and we go to Apaa.”
Apaa clashes started early this year over demarcation of a border between Amuru and Adjumani districts, but escalated later on.
The Police and army have since deployed heavily in the districts in the North West of the country to stop further conflicts.