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.
Bosco Kidega, the LC I Chairperson of Ngomoromo village, says that the matter came to the limelight after some of the farmers who narrowly escaped the arrest on Monday returned to Uganda and reported to the local authorities.
The suspects are accused of lynching Martin Nokrach for the alleged theft of a solar panel belonging to Walter Mwaka. Secondo Komakech, an eyewitness told police that the suspects arrested Nokrach and took him to Lagwe –dola village where they assaulted him to death.
Geoffrey Ocana, the Lamwo district probation officer told URN on Tuesday evening that the teenagers were sexually abused during the nationwide lockdown imposed by the government to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease in the country.
According to Kidega, the residents are accusing the pastoralists of entering their land illegally and grazing cattle in their gardens. He adds that a number of community members have been mistreated after complaining about the mayhem caused by the animals.
The suspects identified as Thomas Bongomin 29, Wilson Lutare Salaama 36, and Willy Okot 46, were arrested on Tuesday evening after their brother identified as Geoffrey Okane, 35, found dead in his house in Amuja South Village in Padibe West Sub-county.
Gum-Perom, the boy child born in captivity remains unable to inherit property and land from the mother’s side since in the Acholi custom land is customarily owned and inherited by those that belong to the paternal clan. He adds that many of the children born in captivity have already approached adulthood, and are facing an identity crisis because of their paternity uncertainty.
Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega says the government through the UPDF should initiate a full scale project that focuses on removal and detonation of abundant UXOs in the region.
The deceased are Isaac Ogenrwot and Kwigiri, both 12-year old and residents of Abuka village. Ogenrwot reportedly died on the spot after the blast while Kwigiri succumbed to injuries while being rushed to Kitgum General Hospital.
Thomas Obol, a resident says the atmosphere is filled with tension, fear and panic amongst the civilian population. He says some have left their homes village and moved to the neighbouring villages of Lweny-Pe, Moroto, Loyo Ayela and Larach Odong for safety.