Security to Mediate Capernaum Church, Community Dispute

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Pastor Josephine Aketo Olak, the Overseer of the Church, says the proposed mediation is long overdue, adding that she had earlier on attempted to initiate dialogue in vain.

Kitgum District Security Committee is set to mediate the conflict between Capernaum Church of all Nations and the community in Bipong village in Oryang Parish in Labongo Amida sub-county.  The Resident District Commissioner, Christopher Omara will lead the arbitration committee.
 

The move follows a meeting between the Aswa River Region Police leadership and Asan Kasingye, the Chief Political Commissar Uganda Police Force on Tuesday. 


Kasingye explained that for sanity and normalcy to be restored between the community and the church in question, there is need for the District Security Committee to expedite dialogue to find a lasting solution.

 
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Trouble between the church and the community started in August 2018 when unknown assailants set ablaze the makeshift church. The incident triggered a standoff between the church and residents leading to the brutal arrest of three suspects by police. 

They included the area LC1 Chairperson, Milton Ojwang Oketch, his Fiance Secretary, Jacqueline Anek and Peter Lino. The trio was charged with aggravated robbery, incitement of violence and arson and remanded to Kitgum Central Prison. 

On Monday January 21, 2019, an irate mob petitioned  Kitgum RDC over police brutality and demanded the unconditional release of the suspects and immediate relocation of the Church that has been accused of cult practices. 
 

Pastor Josephine Aketo Olak, the Overseer of the Church, says the proposed mediation is long overdue, adding that she had earlier on attempted to initiate dialogue in vain.
 

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According to the RDC Christopher Omara, the District Security team made various attempts to mitigate the escalating acrimony between the church and community in vain. He is optimistic the warring parties will reconcile this time round. 
 
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