Amuru residents lose limbs in police shootout

Police restaining the family relatives armed with machetes from attacking Olanya and his group. Pix by: Arnest Tumwesige

Police restaining the family relatives armed with machetes from attacking Olanya and his group. Pix by: Arnest Tumwesige

Some of the victims of Monday shooting of unarmed civilians by the police and the army in Apaa, Amuru district have had their limbs amputated following severe bullet injuries.

Over 21 people have reportedly been injured by the army and police during protests against the demarcation of the disputed boundary between Amuru and Adjuman districts.

Those injured are from Apaa and Pabbo Sub Counties in Amuru district.

According to sources, the police and army used live bullets and teargas to disperse the protesters.

William Oryema, an eye witness says that both the army and police shot indiscriminately at the residents.

According to Oryema, some of the victims are in need of urgent medical attention.

He however says security has sealed off the road leading to Apaa from Pabbo and Adjumani.

URN has learnt that there are four people currently admitted at Lacor Health Center III in Pabbo Sub County in Amuru district.

In a press release, The Democratic Alliance said three of the victims had passed on while the rest nursed grave injuries.

The alliance called on government to play cautiously to resolve the matter.

In 2012 the Uganda Wildlife Authority sent armed Rangers with the backing of police and the army to forcefully evict the residents of Apaa.

People were beaten up, their livestock raided, their houses burnt and their crops set on fire. Some young men were shot dead in the operation.

Twenty five men were arrested, beaten severely, taken to Adjumani where they were charged with offenses ranging from criminal trespass, being idle and disorderly to threatening violence.

Primary schools were closed down, the pupils and teachers sent away and the school desks were being used as firewood by the army and police.

This was repeated in April 2015 when the army was deployed to beat up residents once more leading to a naked protest.

The alliance now accuses Third deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Moses Ali, for conspiring to offer the area to a one Bruce Martin, a foreign investor, to be developed as a private game ranch and hunting area.

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