New Committee Stops Evictions, Settlement in Apaa

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The new committee appointed to look into the Apaa land dispute has stopped further settlement inside Apaa and Zoka forest.

On Monday, President Museveni appointed Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to lead yet another investigation into the contentious Apaa boundary dispute between the Madi and the Acholi in Adjumani and Amuru.

Other members of the committee are General Moses Ali, Minister of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Hillary Onek, Lands Minister Betty Amongi and Ephriam Kamuntu the Minister for Wildlife, Tourism and Antiquities and Sam Cheptoris the Minister for Water and Environment.

The new committee comes at the backdrop of a Government directive to evict over 300 residents of Apaa who are allegedly occupying the East Madi Game reserve.

The Apaa boundary dispute started in 2012 when Adjumani district council gazetted the area as East Madi Game Reserve, a move which was opposed by authorities in Amuru district, who equally claimed rights over the same land.

In a press conference held at Parliament on Tuesday, Oulanyah said they were stopping any on-going evictions in the area and further movement for settlement in Apaa.

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