“The deployment of the UPDF in Apaa is to stabilize the area saying there have been tribal attacks between Acholi from Amuru district and Ma`di from Adjumani district,” the 4th division army spokesperson, Major Telesphor Turyamumanya says.
Amuru district leaders have accused the Ugandan security agencies of a gross human rights violation in the ongoing border dispute between Amuru and Adjumani districts in Apaa village.
The leaders identified some of the human rights violations as; abuse of the right ownership of property, right of access to medical health care, right to education, the right to eat and the right to live in peace, among many.
Kilak North MP, Anthony Akol, in an interview with our reporter, says since 2002 the rights of ownership of properties like land have been gravely violated by government in numerous attempts to evict the people from their lands in the area. Houses, bicycles, motorcycles household properties like utensils, beddings and others have been burnt to ashes
Akol reveals that eighteen people have been killed and over two hundred people injured in recent months.
The Legislator adds that some people, especially Felix Opio and one Jacob lost their right arms in 2012.
He says violating the right to life is contrary to Article Three (3) of Eleven (11) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of December 1948.
Meanwhile, the Amuru district LC5 chairperson, Michael Lakony, says rights of access to health care and education are being violated because schools have not opened to date for fear it may be attacked, as well as minimal or no drug supply to health centers like Apaa Health Center II and Omer Health Center II, among other nearby health facilities in the area.
Gulu Fourth division UPDF spokesperson Major Telesphor Turyamumanya, however, says he could not comment on the allegations.
Major Turyamumanya added the Apaa issue is being handled by United Nations Diplomats at the ministerial and presidential level, adding that the petition of affected people has been tabled at the president’s office.
Major Turyamumanya noted that, “the deployment of the UPDF in Apaa is to stabilize the area saying there have been tribal attacks between Acholi from Amuru district and Ma`di from Adjumani district.”
Our efforts to get a comment from the deputy director Uganda wildlife of Authority, Tom Obong were futile as his phone went unanswered.