Known to be an area in Pabbo Sub-county in Amuru District, UWA rangers under the guidance of the Ministry of Tourism in February 2012 launched an eviction of close to 6,000 locals claiming the area is a gazetted East Madi Wildlife Game Reserve.
According to Taban, the deceased was kidnapped by unknown men during last week's attack and suspects that he was tortured to death. This now brings to two, the number of people killed during the January 19, 2022 clashes between the Acholi and Madi.
The suspects, a 50-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man whose names have been withheld for security reasons were arrested on Sunday afternoon from their homes in Mungula Parish. They were picked up in a joint operation conducted by the Police and the Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF soldiers.
The chairpersons include Kenneth Okot of Atiak Town Council, Samuel AKera of Atiak Sub County, and Peter Lukwiya of Opara Sub County. They were arrested by the police on Friday on allegations of arson and malicious damage, following an operation they conducted against illegal charcoal dealers in the area.
They are accused of torching seven makeshift huts, burning 240 bags of stacked charcoal and hundreds of heaps of piled charcoal logs, killing poultry, damaging two solar panels and clothes belonging to Michael Okema Opilo the former Chairperson for Elegu Town council.
The Adjumani Resident District Commissioner Peter Taban Data says that security personnel comprising of the army and police repulsed the armed men. He acknowledges that the suspects are from the Madi community seeking revenge over Wednesday’s attacks against their colleagues.
The operation which was conducted at Ogom Raa and Tee-Got parishes in Okidi Village was led by the Environmental Police Protection Unit. Hundreds of temporary structures, piles of logs for burning, and kilns of already burning charcoal were destroyed.
The suspects, all employees of Kony Paco Foundation, a village saving group in Parabongo Parish in Lamogi Sub-county were arrested following complaints from their clients. The suspects have been identified as Vincent Kica, the Director of the group, Charles Odonga Kitara, the Assistant Director, and Geoffrey Acellam, the Group’s Loan Officer.
Apollo Okello, the Amuru District Education Secretary told URN that the clubs will be activated in all the 56 primary and secondary schools in the district. He says that the clubs will also include vulnerable categories and will be overseen by the school management committees (SMCs), Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs), and senior male and female teachers.
Apollo Okello, the Amuru District Education Secretary told URN on Saturday that the district has no specific provision for attending to pregnant or learners with babies but has opened up to allow them to come with people to attend to their babies.
Brutal skirmishes over the land however intensified in October 2017, after the then Local Government Minister Tom Butime, annexed the land from Pabbo Sub-county in Amuru District and officially handed it to Adjumani District Local government.
More than 51,000 acres of land in the villages of Kaladima, Pacilo Palokere, and parts of Pawel in the greater Atiak Sub-county are currently being occupied by pastoralists commonly referred to as Balaalo.