Select Committee to Investigate Amuru-Adjumani Boundary Dispute

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Jessica Ababiku, the Adjumani Woman MP said it is unfair for her and the first deputy, Prime Minister, General Moses Ali to be accused of inciting people

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga is to name a select committee to visit the contested Amuru-Adjumani district boundary in Apaa on a fact finding mission.

She disclosed this during plenary following a statement by the Internal Affairs State Minister, Mario Obiga Kania on the state of affairs in the disputed area.

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In his statement, Kania told parliament that calm had returned to the disputed area. He said most of the people affected by the recent violence especially on the side of Apaa, have taken refuge near the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces detach in the area.

He told the house that the fresh conflicts are being fueled by politicians from the two affected areas, which didn't go down well with the legislators.

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Lilly Adong, the Nwoya Woman MP dismissed the minister's claim, saying several people from Apaa are in camps, which contradicts government's claims that the situation is calm.

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Anthony Akol, the Kilak North MP accused government officials of issuing false information. He called on MPs to debate the dispute like national leaders instead of turning the conflict into a matter for Adjumani and Amuru MPs. 

Akol said Government forcefully demarcated the land in Amuru, which displace Apaa residents. Jessica Ababiku, the Adjumani Woman MP said it is unfair for her and the first deputy, Prime Minister, General Moses Ali to be accused of inciting people. 

She said as concerned members of parliament they are only calling for the peaceful resolution of the conflict.

A committee set up by President Museveni to investigate the Apaa crisis and have it resolved under the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda is yet to table its findings.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.