Man killed in fresh tribal land clashes

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One person was killed at the weekend while hundreds are still in hiding after their huts were torched by unidentified people in what seems to be a resumption of tribal land clashes between the Madi from Adjumani District and Acholi community, local leaders have reported.

Joseph Onek, 35, was reportedly shot using an arrow at his home in Apaa Parish in Juka village, Adjumani District last Friday afternoon by a group of attackers from the Madi community.

The attackers later torched more than 30 huts, according to local leaders. At the centre is part of a contested 40 square kilometre land, also claimed as protected by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, that formerly belonged to Amuru District local government and borders Adjumani District.

It is heavily inhabited by the Acholi community. The land was demarcated in September 2015 by the government and handed over to Adjumani District authorities following longstanding ownership disputes between residents and leaders in the two districts.

Mr Denis Oryem, an eye witness, said the attackers numbering 10 from the Madi community, invaded the village armed with machetes, spears, bows, arrows and clubs claiming the land the deceased was occupying belongs to them.

“The attackers found the deceased along with other relatives at his home, they shot him using a bow and arrow but other people managed to escape unhurt,” Mr Oryem told Daily Monitor in an interview Monday.

The district chairperson, Mr Michael Lakony, called for calm between the two communities as the Adjumani District chairperson, Mr James Leku, condemned the incident.

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