The Uganda People’s Defense Forces – UPDF on Thursday oversaw the
burial of a man killed during tribal clashes between the Acholi and Madi
communities in Apaa Township on Sunday.
The violence was the latest of unrest in Apaa that has left at least 24 people
dead since 2012.
Eyewitnesses say the Acholi community had responded to an invasion
of the Madi people to evict them from Goro B village.
Since Monday, irate Madi people regrouped and attempted to
forcefully bury the body of the deceased, Edward Idro, 34, a resident of Zoka C
village in Itirikwa Sub-County, in the contested area of Goro B village.
On Tuesday, police backed by the military from Juka barracks
intervened by firing teargas to restore sanity. One person from Adjumani lost
his arm as he attempted to remove a tear-gas canister fired at them to throw it
at the police.
Marian Abola, the LCI Chairperson of Acholiber village said the
deceased was buried in the disputed area, at the home of Muto Igodo, who was
killed by unknown assailants during a tribal attack in 2015.
Santo Okot, a human rights activist in Apaa Township who has been
closely following the tensions says Madi people were burying the deceased in a
wrong location with UPDF back up to justify that the area belonged to them.
Peter Taban, the Adjumani Resident District Commissioner – RDC
disputed reports that two people were killed, saying only Idro was killed and
others were injured where they tried to resist police directive.
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Lt. Hassan Ahmed Kato, the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson defended
their deployment at the burial site to ensure peace and sanity prevailed
between the two communities.
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Lt. Kato emphasized that the UPDF shall not tire to restore security and sanity
among those communities until their predicaments are resolved by the