260 Acres of Crops Destroyed in Amuru Land Conflict

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Jokene says that a group of people armed with logs attacked his workers accusing them of trespass before slashing down the crops. The crops affected include 100 acres of maize, 105 acres of beans, 50 acres of sun flower and 5 acres of cassava. He estimates his losses to be more than 72 million Shillings.

Police in Amuru district is investigating circumstances under which 260 acres of crop fields were destroyed in over the weekend. The destroyed plantation is owned by Timothy Jokene Okee, the proprietor of a farm in Lujoro Village, Pailyech Parish, Amuru Sub County.

The plantation is part of an estimated 580 acres of land neighboring Omer Farm in the area.

Jokene says that a group of people armed with logs attacked his workers accusing them of trespass before slashing down the crops. The crops affected include 100 acres of maize, 105 acres of beans, 50 acres of sun flower and 5 acres of cassava. He estimates his losses to be more than 72 million Shillings.

Jokene has filed a case of assault and malicious damage at Amuru central Police Station pointing to the family of one Ojwang Yosani for masterminding the attack and destruction. The two have been in dispute over ownership of the land over the last two months.

Godfrey Acaya Ojwang, a member of the accused family says Police should be allowed time to properly investigate the matter.

 The Paramount Chief of Ker Kwaro Acholi, David Onen Acana II urged parties in the conflict to embrace alternative dispute resolution to end the dispute.

The latest dispute comes few weeks after a violent land conflict in Zoka C village in Pabbo Sub County left eight people dead and more than 20 others injured.