Over 70 houses burnt, several injured as fight for 40 square mile Apaa land escalates

Posted on Nov 23, 2023
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Apaa is gripped by fresh tension as 74 houses were set ablaze, leaving three individuals severely injured in an overnight attack.

The clash stems from the longstanding feud between the Madi and Acholi tribes, both vying for ownership of the disputed 40-square-mile Apaa Land.

The Chief of Defense Forces  (CDF), Gen. Wilson Mbadi, swiftly arrived in Apaa to assess the aftermath of the attack and seek a lasting resolution to the protracted conflict between the Madi and Acholi tribes.

“I am here to assess the situation and work towards finding a lasting solution to the conflict that has plagued Apaa. We need to address the root causes to ensure peace for the communities involved,” Mbadi noted.

Residents of Apaa are blaming the government for the ongoing conflict, citing a failure to resolve the dispute over the 40-square-mile land.

Residents of Apaa are blaming the government for the ongoing conflict, citing a failure to resolve the dispute over the 40-square-mile land.

Brig. Gen. Michael Kabango, the 4th Division Commander, issued a stern warning to the Madi community, urging them to refrain from continuous attacks for the sake of peace.

“If peace is to prevail, the Madi community must desist from these continuous attacks. We need cooperation to maintain stability in the region," asserted Gen Micheal Kabango.

The tribal conflict in Apaa dates back to October 2017 when the Local Government minister, Tom Butime, declared the disputed 40-square-mile land to be in Adjumani instead of Amuru.

The situation remains volatile, requiring immediate attention and a comprehensive approach to address the root causes and ensure lasting peace in Apaa.

 



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