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69-year Woman Survives Lynching Over Land

A 69 year old woman on Friday afternoon survived being lynched over a land dispute in Bar-dege division, Gulu municipality.
A 69 year old woman on Friday afternoon survived being lynched over a land dispute in Bar-dege division, Gulu municipality.

 

Cantina Akwero was clearing a bush in her parents’ land when her neighbour Okello Obiya mobilized students to beat her up. Obiya is a watchman at St. Joseph’s Vocational School.

 

Akwero managed to save herself by hiding in the bush before the students could get a hold of her. She reported to Gulu Central Police Station where she filed a case of threatening violence against Obiya.

 

Akwero said she wanted to clear the bush so she could build herself a hut as she had become too weak to do petty work.

 

Fr. Gabriel Ochen of Gulu Catholic archdiocese said that Akwero worked for the church for a long time. It was because of her faithful service that it had considered building her a house. The church was forced to withdraw the offer after the land wrangle with Obiya cropped up in 2011.

 

The church had since diverted the resources to build a house for another needy woman in the same locality.

 

Gulu district police community liaison officer Roam Owachgiu revealed that elderly persons in northern Uganda and widows are very vulnerable to land conflicts with nearly 50% of victims falling in their category.

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