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
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
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
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.