Officers from the UPDF and Uganda Police on Wednesday pitched camp in Adjumani district to find solutions to the escalating conflict between the Madi and Acholi people in Apaa.
The action follows last week’s directive by President Museveni for deployment of a full battalion in the area to deter deadly uprisings between the locals.
A delegation led by Brig. Henry Isoke, the deputy director military intelligence in UPDF met with Adjumani security committee at the district headquarters to assess the situation before activating the presidential suggestion for the deployment.
UPDF spokesman Brig. Richard Karemire said that in the meet, they also assessed the security situation of the area under conflict and that a decision will soon be taken by the army.
“As security agencies, we shall do whatever it takes to come with a long lasting and permanent solution to this problem,” he said
After the assessment, Brig. Karemire said they will submit the report to the Prime Minister who is taking the lead and will form part of the situation.
This afternoon however, the situation seemed to get tense after the security officers blocked a group of members of parliament from visiting the disputed area.
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The MPs, led by the Leader of Opposition Hon Betty Awol pleaded with the police officers, promising that their visit would not interfere with the security meeting, but all this fell on deaf ears.
Meanwhile, the RDC Mr Taban has expressed worry about how government is handling the situation in Apaa.
Taban says the ongoing negotiations have not involved the area politicians, noting that some of these talks “have been the ones fueling the conflict”