Traders donate: Another 17,800 Apaa residents to be evicted soon


MP Gilbert Olanya eating from UN offices in Gulu town on Friday.

Amuru-The Gulu business community in the Main market on Friday donated relief items to victims of Apaa land.

This follows three days of consecutive refuge at the United Nation [UN] office premises in Gulu town.

The Apaa land residents were evicted by Uganda Wildlife Authority [UWA] with help from Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces [UPDF] early this year. More evictions are next.

They [victims] are now seeking government’s swift intervention which is slowly emerging.

Ocan Margaret a businesswoman dealing in second hand-clothes donated one basin of sorghum and shs.17, 000.

Ms Ocan says most of the victims were her daily and weekly customers.

Omaya Patrick who’s the chairperson Gulu Main Market Vendors Association [GMMVA] says the donations made by vendors on Friday extends their solidarity to those suffering.

“We can’t see fellow tribe-mates and any citizen of this country starving with hunger,” Omaya tells TND News reporter.

Among other items they donated included food items, clothes, and bars of soap, cartons of salt and many other domestic items.

More than 200 people who were evicted from Mungula parish in Adjumani district have since taken refuge at the United Nations offices in Gulu, protesting the eviction by the Uganda Wildlife Authority in the contested land in Apaa.

Traders from Gulu main market with Apaa land victims on Friday. PHOTO BY DENIS OTII

Again, over 17,800 residents are to be evicted soon, this news website has learnt.

Also read:

  1. Day three: Over 200 Apaa land evicted locals gather at UN offices
  2. Rwot Onen Acana II asks Government to respect Court Order on Apaa

Meanwhile, UN officials could not disclose how long they will accommodate the over 200 homeless citizens.

Acholi leaders concerned

 On Friday, July 13, 2018, Gilbert Olanya who’s the Kilak South MP in Amuru district and other local leaders had supper with the displaced residents.

Some of the leaders have been spending sleepless nights with them at UN offices in Gulu Municipality.


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