Lamwo Resident District Commissioner Osborn Ochieng says that the four were arrested at different intervals following a fierce fire exchange between the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF) on Saturday.
The victims who included the elderly, children, and women of the Pobura clan from Lobalokodi village had sought refuge at Kwon Cok Primary School in 2021 following a land row with their neighbors of the Pubira clan.
The court martial presided over by Col. Gabriel Wamala heard that on the 14th February 2022 the accused UPDF soldier allegedly shot a civilian identified as Emmanuel Kica a resident of Arogo Village, Kal parish in Madi Opei Town Council.
The suspects were arrested in a disputed area along the border of Uganda and South Sudan while harvesting bamboo stems from a forest in the areas presumed to be within Ber Lobo village in Lokung East Sub County, Lamwo district.
The Lotuku village LCI Chairperson says the rustlers attacked and brutally killed two herdsmen as they grazed the animals in Oryang village in Lawiyeoduny parish before grabbing some 208 head of cattle and fleeing towards South Sudan.
Jimmy Otema, a brother to the victim says that Onen left home on the night of December 31, and while wandering around, ended up at the Sub County headquarters where he is reported to have caused some commotion that led to his arrest.
The Nyimur Sub County LCIII Chairperson Moses Bili says the elephants believed to have strayed from Nimule National Park in Magwi County of Eastern Equatorial State in South Sudan reportedly entered Uganda through Amuru district before crossing river Aswa into Palabek Nyimur Sub County.
The two; David Kasasira alias Kanyankole, who is the owner of the bull and his accomplice Derrick Opoka, were arrested after torturing Geoffrey Ocen, 23 from Dyang B Village in Palabek Gem Sub County, Lamwo district.
Trouble started after it was alleged that a group of women from the Kila clan, while returning from a funeral in Obore village, were attacked by unknown youth of the Pobere clan who started shooting at them using catapults.
The Palabek Refugee Welfare Council III Chairperson John Pascal says they have scrutinized the suspects who are indeed registered asylum seekers but investigations are ongoing in regards to their alleged sneaking into the country illegally.
Reports indicate that the gunmen believed to be coming from Owiny-Kibul and Ingiji in the Central Equatorial State of South Sudan have in the past weeks made separate incursions into Uganda and chased farmers from their gardens in the border areas of Nyimur in Lamwo district.
The 42 farmers, mainly residents of Ngomoromo village in Lokung Sub County, Lamwo district were arrested on Monday while cultivating in the areas of Polwa and Ocwet villages in Pogee Pajok Bomah believed to be within the South Sudan territory.