Alima Lagot Primary School in Namokora Sub County in Kitgum district failed to open last week due to ethnic tensions amongst the Pajong and Bura clan members. Members of the rival clans clashed on January 28th and burnt at least 4 teachers’ houses to ash.
As a result, all the teachers fled the school citing threats to their lives and the lives of their pupils.Alima Lagot Primary School has a population of 400 pupils. Leaders of Namokora Sub County say Alima Lagot Primary School has been trapped in this inter clan land conflict for decades.
The disputed land covers Namokora, Omiya Anyima and Mucwini sub counties. Charles Onen, the Namokora Sub County LC3 Chairperson says he led a team of police investigators to the school to ascertain the damage caused to the school on Friday morning and was shocked to find it non functional.
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Onen says they found they found members of Bura and Pajong clams still involved in running battles, which last for several hours. Onen who doubles as the chairperson sub county security committee says one of the clans started a fire that consumed staff houses but both parties deny the claim.
Due to a thin presence of police, Onen says the sub county is unable to provide adequate security to enable the school resume operation. He wants the district Security Committee to intervene in the matter to allow the school to start its operation this week.
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Onen says once the conflict is resolved, the warring clans might be forced to reconstruct the teachers’ houses to allow children to return to classes.