Fresh Conflicts Erupt along Katakwi, Napak Border

1990 Views Napak, Uganda

In short
The tension started when police from Katakwi arrested six residents from Napak and detained them on charges of malicious damage to property, assault and theft offenses which were committed as far back as 2017, according to Katakwi District Police Commander Tonny Ondoga.

Fresh conflicts have emerged between the Teso and Bokora communities along the border of Katakwi and Napak districts in Eastern Uganda.  The communities have had a border conflict for several decades. However, the fight is now shifting to the newly created Poron Sub County, which was recently curved out of Iriiri in Napak district.
 
The place has attracted new settlers from Teso and Karamoja sub regions. But the residents are continually living in fear following clashes between the police and residents in Kaithelem Trading Centre, one of the first growing business areas in Poron.
 
The tension started when police from Katakwi arrested six residents from Napak and detained them on charges of malicious damage to property, assault and theft offenses which were committed as far back as 2017, according to Katakwi District Police Commander Tonny Ondoga.
 
The DPC said that the suspects kept evading police until they were recently netted from the market. Those arrested include Simon Peter Lochoro and Luka Aguma from Lokamila village, Simon Peter Achila, Ikoda Longoli and Moses Okello from Komuturunyo village and Stephen Lokiru from Kapedaupal village.
 
But Poron Sub County Chairperson John Mark Lojore says that the arrests are targeting vocal people in the Napak community. He adds that different leaders from the community incite their people against each other, a move that might compromise security in the area.
 
// cue in; "Egurigur lo…
Cue out…aponito nege"//
 
On Wednesday, scores of people at Kaithelem spent a night in the bushes when personnel from the Anti-Stock Theft Unit, fired live bullets in the area for several minutes. The action that scared residents out of their houses attracted reactions from either side of the border.

The Bokora community said they were increasingly becoming insecure and asked the brigade deputy commander Maj. Samson Mwesigwa to beef up security in the area. They also presented 42 cartridges of PK and SMG guns that were reportedly recovered from nearby bushes.

Baker Mwanga, the ASTU Commander for Katakwi that oversees the area says they are investigating the circumstances that prompted the heavy shooting.
 
// cue in "I have come…
Cue out…at hand"//
 
Christine Longoli, one of the area residents says there are constant threats from the Teso community over the boundary. She claims that more people from Teso are entering into Napak, causing mayhem.
 
// cue in; "Naarai angolithawa…
Cue out…ithua Napak epati"//
 
Attempts by the central government to open the administrative boundary between Napak and Katakwi again, hit a snag after the Napak team rejected findings from the survey government contracted to Mutiland Company Limited in 2016. The Napak delegation claims that the 1960s coordinates on the border were altered.