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Apaa Township Chairperson Arrested for Alleged Murder

Ocaya was arrested on Monday evening at around 5 p.m from Apaa Trading Centre while on his way to his home in Wee-Yoo Sub Village and taken to Adjumani district aboard the police patrol vehicle.
A police vehicle patrols Apaa Trading center on January 26 2022.

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The Vice-Chairperson for Apaa Township, Anthony Ocaya has been arrested by the police for alleged involvement in a violent conflict leading to the deaths of four people.

Ocaya was arrested on Monday evening at around 5 p.m. from Apaa Trading Centre while on his way to his home in Wee-Yoo Sub Village and taken to Adjumani district aboard the police patrol vehicle.  

Moarian Abola, the Chairperson for Apaa Township told Uganda Radio Network (URN)  that preliminary reports indicate that Ocaya`s arrest is linked to the killing of four Madi tribesmen of Adjumani district last week.  

Last week four Madi tribesmen were reportedly killed from Goro Sub Village in Juka Parish, one of the areas which are at the epicentre of violent conflicts between the Madi of Adjumani and Acholi of Amuru districts over ancestral ownership of the land.   

Ocaya becomes the fifth person to be arrested over the same allegations within a period of one week. On Thursday last week, two people identified as Alfred Kilama and Drama Akena were also arrested by the army and are still being detained at Adjumani district.  

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Bazilio Okoya, a resident of Juka parish where the arrest was conducted told URN on Monday that he has fled his home together with five members of his family for fear of insecurity in the area. He added that movements within Apaa Township have also been restricted by the security not to go beyond 6 p.m.   

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Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Region Police Spokesperson told URN that she was yet to receive the report on the arrest.  

Last week, Brigadier General Bonny Bamwisweki the UPDF Fourth Division Commander visited Apaa Township and called for calm among the residents.  

There is renewed violence in Apaa Township which is being fronted by the Acholi and Madi speaking groups of Amuru and Adjumani districts over ancestral ownership of the contested area.  

Last year, residents of Apaa Township asked the government to turn the area into an autonomous Sub County as it moves to solve the recurring tension over the ownership. 

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