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Enough is Enough, Acholi Leaders Hit Streets In protest Over Apaa Land

Acholi leaders have this Morning hit Gulu Streets in protest over the issues of Apaa land crisis.

According to Hon. Anthony Akol, since the government of the Republic of Uganda seems to have abandoned its people, leaders have resolved to wage another form of expression.

He added that government can’t relaxed as people continue being killed, property destruction among others.

Last week, the leader of Opposition in Parliament Hon. Betty Aol Ochan together with the Adjumani woman Member of Parliament Hon. Jasca Ababiku petitioned the Speaker to reign over the matter.

The longstanding land dispute which has left dozens of people dead and several others injured and scores of properties destroyed displaced a section of the affected communities into the compound of UN Human rights in Gulu Town.

This prompted President Museveni to set up the Apaa Presidential Land Dispute Mediation Committee during his visit to the affected area on August 22nd 2018. He tasked the committee to consult the affected communities on three proposed options of resolving the dispute, but till now no progress has been registered.

The options are relocating and compensating the residents in Acholi districts or two; compensating and resettling them near Adjumani administrative headquarters and de-gazetting a section of the 827 Square kilometers expanse of Wildlife Reserve for their settlement.

Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA claims that Parliament gazetted the area, a Wildlife reserve, after Adjumani district local government declared it as part of East Madi Game Reserve. Amuru district challenged the decision in Court.

Local government Minister Tom Butime also declared the area part of Adjumani district last October.

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