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Apaa Residents Repulse Madi After Forcing to Bury Man Killed in Clashes

Santo Okot, the human rights defender in Apaa Township says that dozens of irate Madi people infiltrated Juka and Goro B and Lutoya villages in the wee hours Wednesday in an attempt to force their way in to bury the slain man but were stopped.
22 Sep 2021 13:44
Some of the visibly vnadlaised hats during recent tribal clashes in Apaa area - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Angry residents of Apaa Township on Wednesday repulsed a group of Madi people after they forcefully tried to bury a man killed during clashes in Goro B village.

The incident follows a deadly encounter between the two communities after the Acholi community responded to an invasion of eight Madi people armed with machetes that triggered a commotion that left two people dead.

The body of one of the attackers was discovered on Tuesday evening by police backed by the army and local leaders from Itirikwa Sub-County in the neighbouring Adjumani District.

“We recovered a dead body of a man in the shrubs, a few meters away from the home of Charles Ocaya Aligech,” a policeman who did not want to be mentioned because he was not authorized to speak to the media said.

The source added that: “His body was handed over to the authorities from Madi, and they wanted to forcefully bury the body on Aligech’s compound which the residents vehemently rejected.”

Santo Okot, the human rights defender in Apaa Township says that dozens of irate Madi people infiltrated Juka and Goro B and Lutoya villages in the wee hours Wednesday in an attempt to force their way in to bury the slain man but were stopped.

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The Acholi Parliamentary Group – APG headed by Kilak North MP Anthony Akol blamed the government for the lack of political will to amicably resolve the Apaa conflict, nearly a decade ago since the tribal clashes were bedevilled the area causing continued agony and unrest.

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The recent attacks have forced several families to vacate their homes for fear of possible reprisals. At least 24 people have been killed since 2012 when protracted tribal clashes emerged over ownership of the 827 square kilometres of the contested land. 

Josephine Anguca, the West Nile Region Police Public Relations Officer said she was still waiting for reports from detectives on the ground before she could make an official response.

Recently, the Adjumani Resident District Commissioner, Peter Data Taban blamed the impasse in Apaa on political leaders from the two neighbouring communities who want to create new frontiers for selfish gains. 

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