By JK Olot
Gilbert Olanya, Kilak North County member of parliament is still maintaining that it is the Uganda People’s Force(UPDF) army who committed the criminal acts in Apaa, apaa parish, Paboo subcounty, Amuru district which left eight people dead and several others injured in a land clash that occurred on Wednesday last week. Olanya alleges that the mastermind of the attack is the 1st deputy prime minister Gen Moses Ali, who hails from Adjumani. The secretary of Acholi parliamentary group speaking exclusively to this website yesterday said Moses Ali ordered UPDF officers, dressed in civilian attires to carry out the attack, adding they will a legal step against the soldiers.
“We are taking legal action against the soldiers because we know them” Olanya said. He also added that they will meet president Museveni over the matter.
“We’ll present the names of the soldiers to the president on Friday and table the issue in parliament next week”- Olanya reiterates.
Meanwhile the UPDF has refuted the opposition Mp’s allegation.
“The UPDF wishes to strongly refute the allegations 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 a press statement signed by Brig Richard Karemire, the UPDF spokesperson on 12th June 2017.
Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda along with ministers Betty Amongi, Rtd Col. Okello Engola along with many other government officials on Monday morning flew to the region to settle the matter. They visited the land clash victims who are hospitalized at St. Mary’s Hospital Lacoo, Acholi paramount chief Rwot David Onen Acana before proceeding straight to Adjumani skipping a stop at Apaa as was earlier communicated that they would talk to the residents.
Oulanya poured out his annoyance with the prime minister for failing to visit Apaa.
” We are very annoyed with him for failing to come and see facts on the ground.” – He said.
Meanwhile, Acholi Parliamentary Group leader, Prof Morris Ogenga Latigo said the attack is not tribal. He said it is just a few criminals performing the attacks adding that it should not be said that the Madi is fighting the Acholi.
“The Acholi and the Madi communities have lived together for long since time immemorial, they are not fighting each”, the Agago North legislator told our reporter.
Reacting to Oulanya’s allegations against Moses Ali and the UPDF, Ogenga said there is no evidence that proves it is the soldiers who carried out the attacks on Wednesday last week. He however added that the claim should be investigated to establish the facts.