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.
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
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
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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Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc