Gov’t to hold perpetrators of Apaa violence accountable

Gov't to hold perpetrators of Apaa violence accountable
Relatives of the former LC1 chairman, Mr Swaleh Songa, who was burnt during the land clashes. Courtesy Photo/Patrick Okaba/Daily Monitor.

Government will hold to account the perpetrators of the Apaa land clashes in Amuru district, the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has warned.

At least four people were killed and several others injured during last week during the latest round of clashes between the Madi from Adjumani and Acholi from Amuru over a disputed piece of land bordering both districts.

The clashes also displaced more than 7000 people following the destruction of their homesteads and property forcing them to seek refuge in Apaa trading center. Over the weekend, the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda visited the disputed area on a fact finding mission.

During the visit, Rugunda interacted with leaders from Adjumani and Amuru districts to ascertain the cause of the dispute and also spoke to the victims of the clashes. Rugunda says those behind the violence will be held to account for the loss of lives and property.

According to Rugunda, government is dialoging with several stakeholders including the clergy ad local leaders to resolve the dispute conclusively.