Two drowned into Nile, four missing after Apaa-UWA’s forceful eviction


River Nile.

Two unidentified school going minors have reportedly died after drowning in River Nile while fleeing forceful eviction.

The minors were part of 1500 locals who were evicted by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) last week.

According to the Apaa disaster chairperson Wilson Acuma, the minors failed to swim across river Nile from Kampala landing site to Rhino camp in Arua district.

The upshot came after over 1500 people previously settled in Apaa saw their houses and properties razed down and set ablaze on the 15 June this year by suspected Uganda Wildlife authority officials.

Mr. Acuma a resident of Pwunu Dyang, a shelter in Apaa village says four people have also been reported missing following the evictions.

He says a total of 8709 huts were razed down to during the forceful evictions of locals by UWA from Apaa land in Adjumani district since February 2017.

When contacted, the Sector Manager East Madi Wildlife Reserve Tom Olinga said he was traveling and unable to comment.

The death of the two minor now brings to seventeen deaths since forceful evictions by NFA, UWA and Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF).

 


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