President Yoweri Museveni is scheduled to visit the disputed Apaa land in Amuru district, which has been at the center of contention between the locals and officials from Uganda Wildlife Authority who say the land is a wildlife reserve.
Addressing journalists on Monday at the Northern Uganda Media Club offices, Kilak North member of parliament, Anthony Akol revealed that the president will hold two meetings, first with cultural, religious and political leaders both from Acholi and Madi on Tuesday at the state lodge in Gulu, and the following day he will travel to Apaa and address locals at Apaa primary school.
Mr. Akol also said ever since residents of Apaa, fleeing violence, took refuge at the office of the United Nation High Commission for Human Rights in Gulu, their plight has been revealed at a global level.
He said the president has accepted to meet the affected people after his office was petitioned and that of the speaker of parliament.
The have been reports that some leaders from Adjumani have been ferrying people to Apaa to make it look that the contested land is predominantly occupied by the Madi people in the area.
He said the President’s visit hoped to bring the bad blood between the clashing sides to rest.
At least Mr. 18 people have been killed in the Apaa land wrangle, over 200 have been injured and about 840 huts burnt down.