A security officer, who spoke to Uganda Radio Network on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, said the Friday attack seemingly stems from Okwi’s killing.
A woman stands infront of her burnt hut in Acholi Ber Village Apaa Parish on 14 February 2018. Photo by Julius Ocungi
More than 40 grass thatched huts have been
torched in what is believed to be a revenge attack by members of Pajong clan in
Omiya Anyima Sub County in Kitgum District. The attack occurred in Latuturu
Odongloo village in Pela Parish in the wee hours of Friday morning.
It comes nearly
a week after Justine Okwi, a local farmer from Pajong clan was killed in
Odongloo village by suspected clan mates backed by Palwo clan members. Okwi's body bearing multiple knife wounds was
discovered buried in a shallow grave in Latuturu village on Tuesday, two days
after he went missing.
A security officer, who spoke to Uganda Radio
Network on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, said the Friday attack
seemingly stems from Okwi’s killing. He notes that the attackers targeted areas
predominantly inhabited by Palwo clan members where their son was attacked and
“I visited the scene and counted about 43 huts that have been torched,
several acres of cassava and maize gardens belonging to Kanyiceg clan have also
been destroyed. We condemn these attacks,” he said. Tension over the land measuring more than 3,000
hectares in Alima has lasted for about a year pitting Pajong clan members
against a section of their own clan mates.
Until recently, the dispute has
sucked in Palwo clan members who are backing some of the disgruntled Pajong
member’s bids to regain ownership of the land. Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, William
Komakech says security took over investigations into the land dispute, adding
that all parties responsible for orchestrating and participating in attacks
will face the law.
He notes that already a number of suspects from both Pajong
and Palwo clans have been apprehended and detained at Kitgum Central Police