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17 People Arrested for Inciting Violence in Terego, Madi-Okollo Land Dispute

Three homes owned by people from Terego were partially destroyed and the occupants chased away by a group from Rigbo Sub County who invaded the area on Thursday claiming its part of Madi Okollo district area.
Police Officers removing stones that locals from Rigbo Sub County Madi Okollo district used to blockade the road connecting to Uriama Sub County in Terego district.

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Seventeen people have been arrested by a joint force of police and Uganda Peoples Defence Forces, following a border conflict between the people of Uriama sub-county in the new Terego district and counterparts in Rigbo Sub County, Madi Okollo district.

Three homes owned by people from Terego were partially destroyed and the occupants chased away by a group from Rigbo Sub County who invaded the area on Thursday claiming its part of Madi Okollo district area.

According to the police,  the two groups, some angrily armed with bows, arrows machetes and knives converged at Ocea trading centre and blocked the main road on either side while exchanging verbal insults, among themselves.

Security sources say that the people of Madi were claiming ownership of the trading centre, which has been declared part of the newly created Terego district. The conflict on the geographical boundaries has reportedly taken more than 20 years since the new districts were still under Arua.

West-Nile region police spokesperson Josephine Angucia said that the joint forces were alerted on time and arrested the 17 suspects. All suspects from Rigbo Sub County were transferred to Arua Central Police Station, on charges of inciting violence.

//Cue in; Joint security forces...

Cue out... unblocked the road…  

Uriama Sub County chairman Lonzino Etrima condemned the incident and said the situation should have been averted if the security officials acted a year back. According to him some of the people in Uriama sub-county who were chased by the angry residents of Rigbo were forced to run to Arua to seek for help.

//Cue in; I’m really very…

Cue out... them miserably."//  

But Kamure Titia, one of the landlords in Uriama Sub County in the new Terego district said some business persons have escalated the problem by conniving to grab land. He has called for immediate deployment of security officials in the new district to bridge the security gap which he says is being taken advantage of by the people from Madi. 

//Cue in; Madi and Terego have…

Cue out...and grab land."//  

Genesis Acema, the chairman of Madi Okollo District also condemned the incident and called for an amicable and peaceful solution to the conflict.