By Ocitti Robert

More than 5-thousand residents of Apaa village turned up at Apaa Trading Centre on the 5th July 2018 eager to present their concerns to the President Yoweri Museveni. However, they were told by the team that was organizing the President’s visit to the area that the President was not coming.

Michael Lakony, the LC5 chairperson of Amuru district just like the residents of Apaa, believes that the President is now the only person who can help address the problems of the people of Apaa.

Over the years, the people of Apaa have been entangled in a heated land conflict purported to be between some Acholi people in Amuru district and the Madi of Adjumani district.

Towards the end of 2016, mark stones were planted to demarcate the administrative boundaries between the two districts primarily for the dispute to an end but to date the land conflict still persists.

The 40 square kilometer piece of land is said to be a game reserve gazetted in 2002 which the residents say was done illegally when they were still in Internally Displaced Persons’ camps but the area is now hosts more than 26-thousand people. End.