35 jailed over Amuru land riots

GULU. Thirty five residents of Apaa parish, Amuru District were on Wednesday remanded for opposing the boundary demarcation between Amuru and Adjumani districts.
The residents appeared before Gulu Grade One Magistrate on charges of unlawful assembly, causing riots and malicious damage to government property.
They were arrested on Monday on accusations of opposing the erection of mark stones by government surveyors to demarcate the disputed 40 square kilometre land while others vandalised Zoka and Korobi bridges in Adjumani District.
They denied the charges and the magistrate Paul Owino remanded them after they failed to get sureties to be released on bail. They will reappear on October 2 while 27 others will also report back on October 28 for hearing of the case.
The Resident State Attorney, Mr Ponsiano Okello, told court the prosecution was ready for the hearing.
On Thursday, Grade One Magistrate in Amuru District Edward Okot released Kilak MP Gilbert Olanya on bail. He was charged with incitement of violence.
Government demarcated the controversial boundary on Tuesday amid protests from the residents. Five residents were injured in the shooting.
On Wednesday, Acholi religious leaders demanded withdrawal of security forces from Amuru-Adjumani border.
The UPDF 4th Division spokesperson, Lt Ronald Ovon, accused politicians of interfering with government work. He said the army deployment in the area was to guarantee peace and security.

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