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Apaa Crisis: Police, Army Deploy as Gov’t Moves to Arrest Perpetrators

Police Spokesperson AIGP Asan Kasingye

Government is set to take action on whoever orchestrated the violence in Apaa last week that led to death of 8 people whereas over 20 others are nursing injuries.

Addressing journalists on Monday at the police headquarters in Naguru, medical police spokesperson AIGP Asan Kasingye revealed that investigations into the deadly incident have commenced so as to bring the culprits to book.

“Nobody has been arrested but I can assure you we are going to apprehend the perpetrators, advice “Kasingye told a news conference.

“We want to charge in courts of law, whoever took the law in their hands leading to the death of people.”

The police mouthpiece explained that the attacks last week  that led to death of 8 people left many others fighting for their dear lives .

A conflict over land between the Acholi and Madi people went to the extremes last week as locals using spears, machetes and Arrows attacked each other before burning huts.

According to Kasingye many of the victims who have since been admitted to Lacor hospital and Pabbo health centre III are in critical condition with spears and arrows in their bodies.

Army, Police Deploy

Kasingye also revealed that the army and police have since deployed heavily to calm the rising tensions in the area.

“We have divided the area into operational sectors to help security officers in patrolling the area. A police station and post have also been set up to monitor the situation. ”

The police mouthpiece who also doubles as the institution’s chief political commissar said he taking the lead to ensure tensions are calmed.

“Government will continue engaging the locals so as to solve the issues amicably keeping in mind that the Acholi and Madi are people connected by historical ties such as intermarriages and language. ”

Many   people both Acholi and the Madi have since fled their homes to nearby trading centres for fear of escalation of the violence.

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has today visited the disputed Apaa land in a bid to assess the situation.

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