4 People Critically Injured in Kitgum Land Wrangle

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Paulo Otto, one of the injured told Uganda Radio Network that they were attacked by a group of over 40 people who found them plowing a garden in the disputed area between Kotido and Orom Sub County in Kitgum district. The land is being claimed by members of Karac Clans and the attackers who accused them of trespass.

Four people are undergoing treatment in Kitgum Main Hospital for injuries sustained in a land wrangle. They are nursing broken limbs and deep cuts sustained during the Sunday evening violence.

The victims include Paulo Otto (52) old John Ogenga (38), Robert Abonga Adimin (40) and Michael Oryem (24). They are all residents of Wipolo Village in Lolwar Parish, Orom Sub County.

Paulo Otto, one of the injured told Uganda Radio Network that they were attacked by a group of over 40 people who found them plowing a garden in the disputed area between Kotido and Orom Sub County in Kitgum district. The land is being claimed by members of Karac Clans and the attackers who accused them of trespass.

Otto adds that the attackers were reportedly armed with Pangas, Iron Bars, Spears, Bows and Arrows. Otto says he was shot with an arrow but he is steadily recuperating.

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Another victim Robert Abonga Adimin who broke his right arm in the violence said they were overpowered by the attackers who eventually robbed them of their seeds, farming tools, money and mobile phones.

Quirino Olum, the Orom Sub-County Chairperson condemned the violence urging government and other stakeholders to initiate sensitization campaigns to the locals in order to prevent loss of lives.

Olum said land disputes are rampant in the sub county and educating the public on peaceful ways of resolving them would help save further bloodshed.

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Olum blames clan elders for inciting the youth to fight for land. The violence is the second in East Acholi over the weekend after one person died in neighbouring Pader district under similar circumstances.

A Police source who preferred anonymity said security is investigating the violence and will endeavor to bring the perpetrators to justice.