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51 Huts Burnt in Gulu Revenge Attack

Gerald Alfred Ocen, the Oitino Parish LC3 councilor says the violence which started at around 3:00p.m left several residents homeless. He says the situation was contained by armed Police personnel.
22 May 2019 10:26
Fifty-one grass thatched huts have been burnt in a revenge attack in a village in Gulu district. 

Violence erupted after angry residents invaded Kati Kati C Village in Oitino Parish, Bungatira Sub County to avenge the death of their relative on Tuesday afternoon.  

The attackers accused two village members identified as Agany and Onen of having a hand in the death of their relative identified as Rackara.

Quirino Opiyo, the Kati Kati C village chairperson says the attackers were armed with pangas, clubs and knives among others weapons with verbal threats to lynch whoever they would find at home. He says residents fled in the ensuing chaos as the residents frantically torched hut to hut.

Opiyo explains that Rackara had been missing for five days after engaging the suspects in a fight at a drinking joint. His whereabouts remains unknown. 

Gerald Alfred Ocen, the Oitino Parish LC3 councillor says the violence which started at around 3:00 p.m left several residents homeless. He says the situation was contained by armed Police personnel. 

It is unclear if some suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.

  

Avenging the death of a relative is part of the Acholi culture. Sometimes, it results in loss of life of members of the offending clan. To prevent this, perpetrators of violence ensure they alert their clan members to hide whenever revenge is looming.

It precedes Mato Oput - the traditional justice mechanism for restitution and reconciliation. It is slowly changing. 



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