Thursday May 15 2014

Residents detain 60 over land


ADJUMANI/AMURU- Police have rescued more than 60 people who were illegally detained by residents of Amuru District over a border dispute.

Four trucks loaded with agricultural produce were also impounded by the angry Amuru residents who were armed with machetes, sticks, bows and arrows.

Majority of those who were arrested are dealers in agricultural produce who had visited Apaa market which is being claimed by both Adjumani and Amuru districts.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority, however, says the contested area is part of East Madi Wildlife Reserve.

Mr Andrew Kaggwa, the Adjumani District police commander, said they recovered military hardware from one of the suspects arrested in connection with the incident.

The incident comes barely two days after more than 100 people from Adjumani District were held captive by residents of Amuru.

The Amuru District police commander, Mr Edmond Muwesigye, said he is not aware of the incident because nobody made a formal complaint in relation to the unlawful confinement.

Mr Christopher Ojera, the LC3 chairperson of Pabbo Sub-county in Amuru District, call for calm.

He, however, denied claims that those arrested were forced to pay a ransom to reclaim their freedom.

Adjumani District chairperson, Mr Nixon Owole, condemned the residents of Amuru for taking the law into their hands. He said there was need for the government to speed up the process of demarcating the border of the two districts to avoid clashes among residents of the two districts.