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Seven Injured in Lamwo Land Row

The victims currently receiving treatment at Madi-opei Health Center IV in Madi-opei Sub-county were attacked from their homes on Tuesday morning in Lobalokodi village in Pobura Parish.
One of the victims of tuesday's attack in underhoing treatment at Madi-opei Health Center IV in Madi-opei subcounty in Lamwo District.

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Seven people are nursing injuries after they were reportedly hacked with machetes by unknown people in a land row in Madi-oepi Sub-county in Lamwo District. 

The victims currently receiving treatment at Madi-opei Health Center IV in Madi-opei Sub-county were attacked from their homes on Tuesday morning in Lobalokodi village in Pobura Parish.

The injured, all members of Pobura clan were reportedly attacked by their rival members of the Pobira clan. Two grass-thatched huts and undisclosed numbers of household properties were also reportedly torched and destroyed in the attack that started over the weekend and escalated on Tuesday morning.

Local authorities identified the injured as Yolan Otti 36, Ben Odera 51, John Abonga 49, Thomas Okello 60, Victor Okello 68 and Patrick Juma 49 all residents of Lobalokodi. 

John Abonga, one of the victims says the attackers stormed their home at about 6 am and torched a hut.

Abonga says he and other relatives rushed to the scene to save the blazing hut but on return to his home, he was attacked by a group of men before being hacked on the head.

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Ben Odera, another victim who sustained a deep cut on the head says the attack was planned on Monday evening shortly after a meeting in which the district Police commander attended to mediate between the two clans.

He notes that seven people from Pobira clan were earlier sighted in the village mobilizing their members adding that by dawn, his home was attacked by a group of over 20 men who beat him and later hacked him on the head.

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Dr Richard Ocungkuma, the acting in-charge of Madiopei Health Center IV says four of the seven victims have severe cut wounds but notes that they are all stable. He says the patients will be managed from the health facility minus any referral to another health facility.

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Moses Oyat Adama, the LCIII Councilor for Pobura Parish says the attack was influenced by a land conflict between the two clans of Pobura and Pobira.

Oyat notes that the two clans have peacefully coexisted not until a case was lodged in court by clan members of Pobira seeking a temporary injunction on land utilization by their rivals from Pobura.

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It is reported that the two clan members have over the years had conflicts among themselves over a fertile strip of communal arable land in Oryang village.

Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega says preliminary investigations point to a purported court document being circulated in the community that indicates the Pobura clan members won a court case against Pobira over the land in Oryang village. 

Kidega says the document whose outcome is still disputed sparked off excitement among the Pobura clan which in turn has angered their rival fueling an attack.

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Kidega says he has resolved to move with five members from each of the rivalling clans on Monday to the Chief Magistrate in Kitgum to understand whether there has been a recent court ruling in favour of one of them.

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At least four people have been arrested following the incident and are being detained at Lamwo Central Police station according to security officials.