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Apaa Residents Hold Memorial Prayers Despite Police Blocking Bishop Odama

Hundreds of people on Monday gathered in Apaa trading center to hold a memorial prayer service for those who have lost their lives despite in this contested area.

The service proceeded despite Police blocking Archbishop John Baptist Odama who was supposed to lead the Prayers from attending.

Apaa Land, measuring about 827 sq. km borders Amuru and Adjumani.

Government claims it is a protected East Madi Wild life reserve gazzetteed by parliament.

Clashes emanating from groups laying claim on this land over past years have ended in bloodshed.

In the absence of the Archbishop, the Prayer event was led by a local Catechist from Apaa and he was joined by other local leaders from the area.

Arch Bishop Odama, who was invited by the locals was on Monday intercepted by police and the army Apaa Junction in Amuru district, while travelling with other leaders

Denish Komakech,a  Local Community Mobilizer from  Apaa in a telephone interview said many of the people who died in Apaa land clashes had not been buried in the right way and no funeral ceremony held in their memory.

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He said the community agreed to hold the memorial prayers on the 1st of July, every year.

It is estimated that about 18 people so far have lost their lives ever since the Apaa land wrangles begun in 2012 between Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Local community members.

In May this year, President Museveni appointed, the Deputy speaker of Parliament, Hon. Jacob Oulanya to lead the Apaa probe committee and the committee is yet to submit its final report to the President.

 

 

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