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Land Dispute Victims in Lamwo Vacate Primary School

The victims who included the elderly, children, and women of the Pobura clan from Lobalokodi village had sought refuge at Kwon Cok Primary School in 2021 following a land row with their neighbors of the Pubira clan.

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More than 150 people who were displaced following a land row have finally agreed to vacate Kwon Cok Primary School in Madi Opei Sub County, Lamwo district.

The victims who included the elderly, children, and women of the Pobura clan from Lobalokodi village had sought refuge at the school in 2021 following a land row with their neighbors of the Pubira clan.

The land dispute between the two clans dates back to 1995 when the two conflicting groups started rivaling over an estimated 30,000 hectares of communal land in Oryang village.

The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner Charles Ichogor says despite previous interventions including meetings and dialogues to implore the displaced persons to leave the school, were unsuccessful.

Ichogor says authorities opted to dialogue over the matter with the displaced persons since their continued presence on the school premises affected learning.

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The Lamwo District Education Officer Barnabas Langoya says evacuating the school was long overdue. According to Langoya, for the whole of the last term, learners were unable to attend lessons due to the presence of the displaced persons.

Langoya says the situation forced all parents to transfer most of their children to the neighboring primary schools of Madi-Opei, Lawiye-Oduny, and Latolim in Madi Opei Town Council, and Paloga P7 in Paloga Sub County. 

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The LCV Councilor Madi Opei Sub County Charles Onek says the displaced persons were hindered from returning back to their ancestral homes due to a lack of security to avert any violence between the clans. Onek also attributed their failure to leave the school to the lack of non-food relief items including tents, utensils, sanitary materials, and beddings amidst others.

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The School’s Deputy Headteacher Robert Kirunda Lutoo says that the relocation of the victims will give the school adequate space as they prepare to receive students next week.

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 Lutoo however says they are challenged with vandalism of school property and the appalling sanitation situation where all latrines are filled up due to the presence of the displaced persons that need to be rectified.