Apaa Mark Stones Vandalised

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Police say they will maintain presence in Apaa until the conflict is settled, and mark stones will be protected to avoid further vandalism.

The Amuru land row takes another turn, with two mark stones and a sign post being vandalized. The facilities were vandalized in the contested border between Amuru and Adjumani districts. Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga confirms the development and says police has started to track down on suspects.

According to Enanga, removing the mark stones and vandalizing the signposts which are boundary marks are punishable under the penal code.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesperson, Pamela Ankunda says a long lasting solution to ensure peace in the area will be found. She however says the people should comply and desist from vandalizing the government properties.

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Amuru woman MP, Lucy Akello told URN that they have been appealing to the residents not to tamper with the mark stone but emphasized that they will use the law to try and reverse the decision of government. 

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Enanga says police presence is to be maintained in Apaa until the conflict is settled. He says areas where the mark stones have been planted will be safeguarded to prevent further damages.

Last week, residents of Apaa reportedly vandalized two mark stones and signposts following a forceful erection of the mark stones as a boundary between the two districts. The residents claim that the mark stones were washed away by rain.