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Apaa is 8km Inside Adjumani- Select Committee

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A report of the select committee on Apaa boundary dispute between Amuru and Adjumani districts has indicated that Apaa trading centre is 8 kms inside Adjumani

The six-member select committee chaired by Butebo Woman MP Agnes Ameede after a year of studying the conflict has come up with its findings.

The committee travelled to London to retrieve the Uganda map indicating district boundaries as at Independence and also talking to experts and residents in the disputed areas.

Ameede in her report which is yet to be presented before the house indicates that although the majority of the people living in Apaa trading centre are Acholis from Amuru district and have lived there for long time alongside the Madi people from Adjumani, the disputed area of Apaa is 8 kilometres inside Adjumani.

In the report, the committee observes that Apaa is part of the East Madi Wildlife Reserve and the boundary is not river Zoka, but rather about 10km from River Zoka towards Amuru District.

The committee recommends that Government should stay the plans to relocate or evict people from Apaa and that the proposal of Government to the earlier Committees to degazzete 25 square kilometres should be reviewed to ensure adequate land to accommodate the needs of the community.

They also want Government to compensate the people of Apaa that settled before 2011. The committee further recommends that the people in Apaa can co-existence with the wildlife.

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