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APAA LAND CRISIS: Acholi MPs Blame Rugunda’s Inaction

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Members of Acholi Parliamentary Group have blamed the Prime Minister, symptoms Dr Ruhakana Rugunda for delaying to solve the Apaa land crisis that has culminated into deaths, seek grave injuries and displacements of people.

On Thursday evening horrible pictures from Apaa flooded the social media following an attack on Wednesday.

The attack was allegedly carried out by the Madi tribal community against the Acholi residents in the contested 42 square kilometers.

According to the Acholi MPs, Dr Rugunda was informed about the land struggle and the impending disaster in September 2015 but his office did not do enough to solve the problem.

“What happened on Wednesday this week shouldn’t have happened if Ndugu Rugunda had taken necessary steps to address the Apaa issue. Now we have lost lives and very many people were inured,” Lucy Akello, the Amuru Woman MP said on Thursday.

A letter seen by ChimpReports written to the Premier on 9th September 2015 shows Kilak north MP Anthony Akol stating that Amuru district disagreed with the government’s demarcation.

On 7th September 2015, a team of surveyors from Kampala declared that Apaa village that had originally been in Labala Parish, Pabo Sub County, Kilak North County in Amuru distict, belongs to Ajumani district.

When contacted on phone, Dr. Rugunda told this reporter that the government is doing everything possible to diffuse the tension between the two communities.

“The government has been constantly in touch with the happenings in Apaa and doing everything necessary to address the problem. Meetings have been held with the national and local leaders from both sides and the local population,” Rugunda said.

He added that police have been deployed in the area after the Wednesday attack.

“The government is concerned about the security of all Ugandans and as I talk to you now police have been deployed in Apaa and all is calm there now,” he added.

In June 2015 elderly women in Apaa staged a rare nude protest in front of the then ministers of Internal Affairs Minister, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima (RIP) and Daudi Migereko of lands over land disputes.

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