More than 20 Animals Butchered in Ethnic Clashes

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It is alleged that Ongom hit Achire with a beer bottle on the head. He was rushed to Kitgum referral hospital where he was pronounced dead in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

More than 20 animals were hacked to death on Sunday during ethnic clashes between Pugoda and Bura clan members in Orom sub county of Kitgum district. It all started after Alex Ongom, a member of Pugoda clan died following a fight with Quinto Achire from the Bura clan on Saturday at a drinking joint. It is alleged that Ongom hit Achire with a beer bottle on the head. He was rushed to Kitgum referral hospital where he was pronounced dead in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

The news of his death didn’t go down well with his clan members in Agora village in Lolia parish.  They mobilized and raided the homes of the Bura clan members to avenge the death of their son. During the raid, the Pugoda clan members killed at least 20 goats and chicken. Denis Ochama, the Kitgum District Police Commander says officers from the Anti Stock Theft Unit stationed at the Sub County deployed just in time to prevent torching of huts and destruction of property.
 
Quirino Olum, the Orom Sub County LC 3 chairperson says elders from both clans convened a meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss compensation demands made by the Pugoda clan. He says Ongom was laid to rest on Monday afternoon. This is the third ethnic clash in less than 6 months in Kitgum district. Recently, Police successfully foiled two others ethnic clashes and arrested 17 people from Akwang Sub County over the clashes. Ochama has urged the public to avoid engaging in mob justice.

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.