CSO’s Back Acholi Premier`s Move to Camp in Disputed Apaa.

Civil Society Organizations-CSOs in Northern Uganda have backed a decision by the Acholi paramount Chief Onen David Acana II to move and camp in Apaa.
The Acholi premier recently threatened to relocate to Apaa and join people in solidarity since they are suffering and their plights are not being addressed.
Francis Odongyoo the Executive Director of Human Rights Focus-HURIFO says the utterance of the paramount Chief is a true gesture of a true leader who wants to identify himself with the suffering people.
He recalled that the Archbishop of Gulu John Baptist Odama was the first person to take off to the street in support of the night commuters during the peak of the Lord`s Resistance Army insurgency in Northern Uganda.
Odongyoo called on President Yoweri Museveni, area Members of Parliament, Security leaders and religious leaders to join the paramount chief to see the suffering people as done elsewhere in Entebbe, Kitgum and Wakiso during the waves of killings by thugs.
The Action Aid Northern Region Cluster Coordinator David Moses Okello says as CSOs they will work with anybody or institution that will work to end the long standing unrest in Apaa.
George Pele Okumu the Coordinator of Northern Uganda Human Rights Partnership says the location of Apaa whether being in Adjumani or Amuru does not matter but it is the right of the people.
Apaa is in a bitter dispute opposing Amuru district local government against Adjumani, National Forestry Authority-NFA and Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA.
Residents claim the areas are customary which they inherited from their ancestral parents but UWA and NFA claims the area is part of East Madi Wildlife Reserves allocated by Adjumani district.
By Emmy Daniel Ojara.Gulu.

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