Paul Batanda, the Arua City clerk says that he received instructions from the Permanent Secretary (PS) Ministry of Local Government, Ben Kumumanya to relieve Wanje of his duties. He has since appointed Zubeda Shida Olekua to serve as acting town clerk.
The vendors in the market suspect that the despicable practice is being perpetrated by intruders, especially at night. They say that the suspected intruders normally sneak into the market in the evening and hide inside some of the unoccupied stalls on the first floor and thus get locked inside the market.
The death started occurring on Friday until Sunday morning while several other victims are hospitalized. According to police, seven of the deaths occurred in Mvara and Oluko suburbs in Arua city and seven others in Madi Okollo district.
The operation comes follows a visible rise in the children involved in selling edibles within the city centre. Children as young as five years have been seen wandering across the streets of Arua with baskets containing foodstuffs, eggs, vegetables and fruits, polyethene bags, and facemasks.
Bosco Abani, the manager of Moise fuel station located along Ediofe cathedral road says their daily sales have drastically fallen due to the presence of relatively cheap fuel being sold on the streets.
Adiga who was armed with an Axe and Machete reportedly sneaked into the detach and attacked a UPDF soldier who was resting inside his grass thatched house and attempted to grab his gun. In the ensuing fight with the suspect, the soldier whose identity has not been disclosed got injured.
According to the leaders, the presence of Urban refugees has increased competition between the refugees and the local residents on the limited available resources, which if not addressed could trigger conflict.
Grace Namuli, a nurse at Ombidrodria Health Centre III in Ayivu Division says people are lacking information regarding the new draft physical development plan despite efforts by the city to display the plan.
Sam Wadri Nyaku the Mayor Arua City said the decision by the Ministry of Local Government to remain silent on the issue has affected the operations of the City. He explains that they cannot access some of the movable assets like motor vehicles to facilitate their work in the City.
Nine of them are Independent, while four are from the ruling NRM party, three from Democratic Party, two Forum for Democratic Change, three from National Unity Party, two from ANT and one from the Justice Forum party.