Gen Moses Ali, The 1st deputy prime minister, also the Adjumani West Member of Parliament has dismissed allegations by a section of Acholi members of parliament who accuse him of masterminding the attack on Apaa residents with the help of UPDF soldiers.Gilbert Olanya, the secretary of Acholi parliamentary group on several occasions said Gen Moses Ali ordered UPDF officers, dressed in civilian attires to carry out the attack, saying that the general has interest on the lad
Reacting to this, Gen Moses Ali while speaking to journalists in the prime minister’s office on Tuesday dismissed the allegations saying the Acholi legislators are just looking for political capital.
“ There are three Mps and the chairman of Amuru district spreading this lie and inciting people”-Ali said. He was quick to add that the Madi and the Acholi are not in conflict. On allegations that he sold the part of the Apaa land to a South African investor only identified as Bruce, Gen Ali stated that part of the land was sold off by the Adjumani district local government and Uganda Wildlife Authority. He however blamed the government for taking long to settle the Apaa land issue.
On Wednesday last week, an attack believed to be masterminded by the a few individuals from the Madi ethnic group resulted into deaths, injuries and displacement of the Acholi that occupied Apaa , Amuru district in a renewed clash over Apaa land. Local leaders estimate that up to 7,000 people were displaced by the renewed violence. Eight (8) people were killed, dozens injured and over 100 huts burnt, as a result of the Apaa Land clash.
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.
By Tnt team