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Gov't orders Apaa residents to vacate disputed land

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda

Government has asked all households in the East Madi game reserve in Apaa to vacate the land for wildlife conservation.     

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda announced the decision during a meeting with the Apaa presidential mediation committee held at his office in Kampala on Thursday. The meeting was attended by members of the Acholi and Madi ethnic groups. Rugunda informed the parties that the government took the decision after the mediation team failed to agree on a common position during meetings held in Gulu in the course of last year.     

The Acholi team chaired by Dr Daniel Komakech, a renowned academician from Gulu University, settled for degazettement of the disputed area for human settlement. The Madi team on the other hand, settled for relocation of the residents.

The dispute dates back to 2012 when Adjumani district council gazetted the area as East Madi game reserve. But Amuru district claims Adjumani had no mandate to do so since the area falls in its territory.      

The boundary dispute had been settled by minister Tom Butime in October 2017 when he declared the area part of Adjumani district. The conflict has had its ups and downs which has left at least 18 people dead and several others injured on both sides. 

In 2015, elderly women staged a nude protest in front of senior government ministers to protest their eviction from the area. They later migrated and camped at UN human rights compound in Gulu citing the destruction of their crops by rangers of Uganda Wildlife Authority.      

Dr Rugunda said cabinet early this year, under the chairmanship of President Yoweri Museveni decided that all people occupying the area vacate after getting government support to resettle in undisclosed locations.      

According to Rugunda, government will now provide financial and material support to all households in the disputed area to facilitate their resettlement. All individuals with national identification cards (IDs) will receive Shs 10 million, 20 bags of cement and 20 iron sheets, per household to enable them to acquire land and settle elsewhere.      

According to the cabinet resolution, those who were found in Apaa but did not possess National IDs are to be assisted and will receive Shs 2 million per household to assist them to relocate. It was also directed that Apaa Market be closed by the end of March 2019, a directive which was belatedly implemented this week on Monday.

According to Rugunda, relief food will be provided to all the evicted households for a period of 12 months to give them time to grow their own food in the places they will move to.        

The Prime Minister said that the exercise will be conducted in an organized, planned and humane manner, with dignity and be completed by the end of June 2019. He appealed to leaders of the two communities at the local and national level to sensitize the people about the above decisions.  

The announcement comes at a time when parliament is conducting a parallel investigation into the conflict in view of resolving it peacefully.

Comments

+7 #1 Lysol 2019-05-11 21:31
In the annals of history, wars have been fought over land, water and oil.

There will always be blood at some point. Mr "Ndugu Teeth" should understand that.

He cannot always play the so-called nice guy to fool Ugandans and get away with it.
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+4 #2 Mumonkey 2019-05-12 15:10
Ndugu is the biggest jokester. He plays the "good cop" but smart people have always had him figured out.

His type is the worst. I rather have someone like his type be obnoxiously evil than pretending.
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+4 #3 Lakwena 2019-05-12 15:27
This is a KAMANYIRO of the highest order.

Suppose tomorrow the "people's government/power" gave a matching order to Mr. M7, Rugunda and all the other Cabinet members, who came up with this obnoxious and disrespectful decision; and gave them Shs 10 million, 20 bags of cement and 20 iron sheets, per household to enable them to acquire land and settle elsewhere; will Mr. M7 e'tal, e.g. relocate from Rwakitura and/or Kisozi?

In other words, it is high time the people of Acholi started dying again en mass, in order to protect their next generations land.

Otherwise, today is the people of Apaa, but tomorrow it will be the people Aswa, Palaro, etc.

Except land grabbing, in as far as ownership of that part of Acholi/Madi region is concerned; what has changed since colonial period and post independence?
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+5 #4 Lakwena 2019-05-12 15:46
In other words, the Apaa land-grabbing must be an eye opener to the the rest of Ugandans.

Because his objective is to antagonize, divide and rule the people of Uganda, give away their priced properties/land to foreigners/investors and rule them till he drops dead;

the Apaa inhumanity and madness must become the rallying point of the people of Acholi to say NO! Coming from a 20-year IDP to a landlessness is an acceptable!

That enough is enough of the suffering of our people under Mr. M7's emasculation and start de-campaigning everybody, like Beatrice Anywar who supports him NOW!

The people of Acholi can develop themselves without Mr. M7's foreign investors. It is better to die fighting to be free than live a destitute life under people who smell dead bodies.
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+4 #5 Lakwena 2019-05-12 15:51
E.g., after the Luweero debacle how many Baganda are now landless and in destitution on the streets of Kampala? Thousands1

And who now own their land?

Just asking. Keep clapping idiots over a few coins thrown in your direction; because your grandchildren will become slaves on their own ancestral land for a very long time.
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+3 #6 Lakwena 2019-05-12 15:56
Otherwise, don't blame me for hatred. Land is life itself, something to die and kill for idiots!

After all in self-defense, there is nothing wrong with hating and/or killing someone who causes harm and suffering to others.
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+5 #7 Lakwena 2019-05-12 16:06
And to Mr. Rugunda, nobody wants the indignity of your "relief food": Take it to the landless Bakiga who need it. Besides, they are now part and parcel of land-grabbing in other parts of Uganda.

Even in hard times, the people of Acholi can still feed themselves. Amin slaughtered them like chicken; but nobody has humiliated the people Acholi to this extent.

No, No, NO!
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0 #8 rubangakene 2019-05-12 18:24
ADJUMANI, Oh, Adjumani! Could this by any chance be the location of Adjumani Prison Farm where "poll-tax refusniks" used to go and toil in lieu of paying the said tax (18 shillings).

Turn the place into an Agricultural Institute where both tribes can improve their farming methods and live together as god neighbours!
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+2 #9 Akot 2019-05-12 19:08
Lysol, understood, but,

Mr "Ndugu Teeth" is not helping Acholi & Madi, but causing war/hatrded among them, while consolidating Museveni in his quest to complete conquest of our country formed by our tribal lands!

There has never been this kind of confilict before, Museveni became chief tribal leader/fake president & we do is help him confirm his ownership of our country formed by our tribal lands in which he has no place!
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+1 #10 Odongkara 2019-05-13 16:03
Quoting Lakwena:
Otherwise, don't blame me for hatred. Land is life itself, something to die and kill for idiots!

After all in self-defense, there is nothing wrong with hating and/or killing someone who causes harm and suffering to others.

Agreed
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