Elderly women in Amuru District stripped naked in front of two government ministers forcing them to call off the Amuru /Adjumani border demarcation exercise.
Internal Affairs Minister, General Aronda Nyakairima and his Lands counterpart, Daudi Migereko were on Amuru with a team of government surveyors to plant mark stones over the disputed boundary only be confronted with scenes of women in a naked protest.
Three of the elderly protestors were half-naked while the fourth one did not have any cloth on her, apart from a white rosary and a blue and white string in her waistline.
Lands Minister, Daudi Migereko, was seen wiping tears as he briefly excused himself from the ugly scene where over 200 residents were gathering.
General Aronda Nyakairima remained at the scene but could not look into the direction of where women were coming from.
Security personnel at the scene watched on helplessly as the mothers believed to be in their sixties and above snaked through the crowd of men seated on the ground.
Residents of Apaar are protesting the current location of the borderline saying government deliberately pushed the line from Adjumani into their 40 square Kilometer swathes of land in Amuru district to deny them ownership.
They told the Ministers that they have been permanent residents of Apaar in Pabbo Sub County and were not ready to belong to Adjumani district as part the current demarcation.
General Aronda after being treated to the ugly scenes ordered Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) and Uganda Police deployed to enforce the demarcation halt their operations.
He also ordered for an immediate and unconditional release of those arrested from the area in earlier demonstrations in protest of the demarcation.
He said every property destroyed in the process will be fully compensated by government.
Daudi Migereko told the surveyors to suspend the process and return the mark stones to Kampala saying the demarcation had been suspended to allow more engagement with Acholi Cultural Institution, Members of Parliament from Acholi and Adjumani.
MP Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak Member of Parliament was present during the meeting.
He applauded the two ministers for suspending the demarcation process for the safety of his people and peace in the area.
Amuru district is riddled by some of the region’s worst land disputes.
In Lakang Village in neighbouring Amuru Sub County, another unresolved bitter ownership dispute of over 40,000 hectares of land for establishment of sugarcane estates, belonging to the country’s sugar giant Madhvani Group of Companies is still pending before court.