The Uganda Peoples Defense Force has today refuted allegations of its involvement in the Apaa Land clashes. Recently, the Acholi Parliamentary group secretary, also the Kilak North county Member of Parliament Gilbert Oulanya alleged that UPDF officers dressed in civilian clothes carried out the attack on the Acholi. Last week, a group of armed gangs suspected to be from Madi ethnic group attacked the area killing 6 people and injuring over 30 others.
“The UPDF wishes to strongly refute the allegations made by Hon Gilbert Oulanya made over the media that Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) dressed in civilian clothes has been a participant in the unfortunate Apaa criminal attacks where people have been killed and others injured in criminal attacks using arrows”.
Reads the first paragraph of the press statement signed by Brig Richard Karemire, the UPDF spokesperson.
“His accusation is an absolute pack of lies and should be treated with the contempt it deserves”.
The statement states further that UPDF is working with sister security forces led by police to restore normalcy.
Government officials including the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Cabinet minister for Lands and Urban Development Betty Amongi, State minister for defense Okello-Engola Macodwogo among others are in Apaa to meet the locals and their leaders in a bid to settle the contention.
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.
Latest report states that there is heavy deployment of UPDF and police in the area.
By our Reporter