Over 500 victims of a violent land conflict in Palukere East
Village in Attiak Sub County, Amuru district have sought refuge at Palukere
The victims who are members of Pali Pali Clan in Attiak on Sunday lost 52 grass-thatched
huts and eight herds of cattle to angry members of Palukere clan during a violent
conflict following the death of George Obol.
The Sunday afternoon attack which was allegedly led by a retired Uganda
People`s Defence Forces (UPDF) officer, Major Ferdinand Otim left houses burnt
and household properties destroyed.
Police preliminary findings indicate that the violence followed the
death of Obol who is brother to retired Major Otim.
It is said that Otim mobilized hundreds of people against Pali Pali clan on
allegations that Pali Pali clan members killed Obol during the clashes.
The land in question initially belonged to Binancio Obol the father of Otim of
Palukere clan but they vacated it during the Lord`s Resistance Army (LRA)
However in 2006 when they returned from the Internally Displaced Camps, they
did not return to the land but stayed in Palukere Trading Centre, the
land was later taken over by William Oroma of Pali Pali clan.
On Sunday morning Obol started opening up the land for bricks laying prompting
protest from members of Pali Pali which later ensued into a fight.
Raphael Oroma, the chairperson Pali Pali Clan says that they were
forced to seek refuge at Palukere Primary School for fear of being attacked.
He says that they are in need of beddings, clothing, tarpaulins
Martin Oloya Adere, the Palukere Village Chairperson says that the victims need
immediate relief. He also says that the residents are using only two
Wilfred Odiya Baguma, the Attiak Sub County Chairperson said that they have been able to deploy police and the army to ensure security of the people
and avoid further attacks.
Michael Lakony, the Amuru LCV Chairperson said that the district
seeks to plan to mediate in the conflict and also find support for the displaced victims.