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Apaa Land Clash Death Toll Rises To Six


Six people have so far been confirmed dead, 32 injured an estimated 130 huts burnt, as a result of the Apaa Land clash.

On Wednesday, an attack believed to be masterminded by the Madi ethnic group resulted into deaths, injuries and displacement of the Acholi ethnic group that occupied Apaa parish. Local leaders estimate that up to 7,000 people were displaced by the renewed violence.
The injured are receiving treatment at St Mary’s Hospital Lacoo.

In a meeting held in Apaa on Friday which was attended by among others Democratic Party Chairman Norbert Mao, Acholi Members Of Parliament, security officials and residents of Apaa, Vincent Adupa the OC Crime Adjumani police station said two more bodies were the latest to be recovered from the bush on Thursday evening, totalling the number of deaths to six, adding to the four recorded earlier.
Michael Omony, the Apaa resident LC2 chairman said the death toll is most likely to rise as the search for missing residents goes on in the bushes. He added that Apaa residents’ livestock and foodstuff were looted and this has left the surviving members in starvation.

Gilbert Oulanya, the Kilak South member of parliament said as Acholi MPs, they will not settle in parliament until a long lasting solution is reached at. He said they will meet the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga and the prime minister Ruhakana Rugunda over the land conflict.
Oulanya also faulted the government for not deploying security forces in the area, adding that it has left the already scared residents more vulnerable.

In 2002, Apaa Parish, Pabbo Sub County, in Amuru district was forcefully demarcated as part of Adjumani amidst protests from Amuru residents igniting contention.
The area covers 20 square kilometers of land located in a contested wildlife reserve gazetted in 2002.

Authorities and residents of Amuru district accuse Adjumani district of erroneously designating land in Amuru as East Madi Game Reserve for Uganda Wildlife Authority to set up a conservation area.

Adjumani district council claims it was guided by a colonial map which indicates that the boundary of Adjumani extends more than 20 kilometers beyond Zoka Bridge, the alleged boundary with Amuru district.

Several attempts to demarcate the disputed boundary have attracted angry protests from residents in Apaa in Amuru district saying the boundary had been inflated.

On Wednesday, the dispute turned tribal when suspected groups of men armed with traditional weapons believed to have been from Adjumani district(Madi) attacked and caused chaos in villages in Apaa which is occupied by Acholi.

One of the injured receiving treatment at Lacoo Hospital. Photo by Daily Monitor

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