20 Families Left Homeless in Revenge Attack

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In short
The attack stemmed from the death of Janet Amolo, a 28-year-old housewife who was allegedly killed by her husband Henry Ocilo, on the night of December 1, 2016, and hurriedly buried in a shallow grave near their home. He accused her of adultery.

More than 20 families in Apala Parish in Kole district have been left homeless following the destruction of their huts in an arson attack.

The attack stemmed from the death of Janet Amolo, a 28-year-old housewife who was allegedly killed by her husband Henry Ocilo, on the night of December 1, 2016, and hurriedly buried in a shallow grave near their home. He accused her of adultery.

David Ongom Mudong, the North Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson told URN that Ocilo, later reported to Alito police post claiming that his wife had gone missing.

However, on Monday, as the deceased's children went to harvest cassava tubers, they came across a decomposed body that had been exhumed by dogs. They identified the body and reported to the village authorities.

Ocilo together with eight of his relatives fled the village as soon as the information went viral.

On Wednesday, relatives of the deceased and other clan members from Bako-pel-kori clan stormed the home of Moses Ocilo, a brother to the prime suspect and set it ablaze. More than 15 huts and three permanent houses with all the household properties were destroyed in the attack.

Moses Ocilo is the former LC III Chairman of Alito Sub County. Many of his relatives have fled their homes in fear.

Ongom Mudong said police has so far arrested four suspects in connection to the revenge attack. He declined to name them for security reasons. He added however, that police has been heavily deployed in the area to avoid any possible revenge attack.

 

About the author

Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.