MPs blocked from visiting contested Apaa land

Heavily armed police have turned away opposition MPs from visiting Apaa Sub County which borders Amuru and Adjumani districts.

The MPs who are on a tour of Northern Uganda had intended to visit the area which has witnessed violent clashes between the Madi and the Acholi.

The clashes that have resulted into loss stem from a 2012  dispute over the ownership of the more than 40 square miles chunk of land claimed by the Madi of Adjumani district on one hand while the Acholi of Amuru district on the other hand claim to be the ancestral owners of the land.

The police barricaded the road to block the MPs

Led by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Betty Aol Ocan who is also Gulu Woman MP, the lawmakers were blocked by the police working on orders of Amuru district Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Lilly Auma, who told the MPs that their request for the visit was sent to the  wrong district.

According to the RDC, the MPs communicated with Amuru district administration instead of Adjumani where Apaa falls.

This comes a week after the police foiled a demonstration by Acholi MPs who accuse the government of facilitating the displacement of at least 2,100 people since the conflict begun.