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RUGUNDA RUSHES TO APAA

BY SIKYAJULA AISHA

Amuru-The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has rushed to Apaa Sub County in Amuru district, to calm down the rising tension between the Madi and the Acholi Communities in a wave of renewed hostilities.

This unrest broke out last week after the Madi Community attacked the neighboring Acholi Community killing eight [8] people, living over twenty three [23] critically injured.

The violent Madi Community were wielding machetes, pangas, arrows, spears and hoes clobbered the innocent Acholi who could not hit back at their attackers.

Several of the survivors were admitted in Lachor Hospital and Pabo Health Centre IV with arrows stuck in their bodies.

Now Dr Rugunda who is on a fact finding mission in the area has met local leaders who accuse politicians of fueling the tension.

Dr Rugunda says he intends to establish a lasting solution to the tension, and have both communities live in harmony.

Several civilians pinned the first Deputy Prime Minister Gen Moses Ali for fueling the tension, after he was allegedly seen taking photographs days before the attack.

Gen Moses Ali has since denied the allegation, although he acknowledged being an interested party.

Moses Ali hails from the Madi Community in Neighboring Adjuman district.

Land in this area is owned communally with basic individual attachment.

Security has been beefed up in the area, manned by Police and the Uganda People’s Defense Forces.

The Acholi and Madi Communities have for long fought for this particular area in Amuru, since the end of the LRA conflict in 2005.

Last week’s attack though is unprecedented, as cultural and political leaders had always intervened in time.

Amuru district has more land conflicts than any other area in the country, due to reports of oil deposits.

This has subsequently pushed the price of land high, causing several illegal evictions, with women especially widows and children suffering more.

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