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Normalcy Returns to Nakapiripirit Following Ethnic Tension Over Death of Teenager

Nakapiripirit District Police Commander, Joseph Bongo, says calm has returned and normal business has resumed. He says they have also picked up two suspects, whose identities have been withheld to aid the police investigations.

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Calm has returned to Nakapiripirit Town Council following the chaos that broke out over the murder of a native teenager by a suspected member of the Bagisu business community for alleged theft of a pig.    

Mark Tikwang Tule was allegedly killed and his body dumped in a deep pit near town council hall leading to ethnic clashes between the Bagisu and native Karamojong. Property including Roadside kiosks, market stalls and merchandize was destroyed on Monday night after Tule’s body was found floating in a pit filled with water.

It took the intervention of police and the military to calm down the situation, which remained tense until Tuesday morning. However, Nakapiripirit District Police Commander, Joseph Bongo, says calm has returned and normal business has resumed.

He says they have also picked up two suspects, whose identities have been withheld to aid the police investigations. Nakapiripirit Resident District Commissioner, David Modo says the security forces will remain vigilant much as the situation is calm.

He also warned the natives against targeted attacks directed at the Bagisu.

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Residents say scores of people suffered minor injuries as a joint force of police and UPDF soldiers battled the rowdy residents, who also looted property and vandalized two semi-permanent houses.

 

By the time of filing this report the deceased’s body was being taken for burial in Karinga Village in Moruita Sub County for burial.

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