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Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that 27 out of the 42 suspects were released on police bond over the weekend as per the advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions-DPP.
Safina Chandiru,one of the Victims of the Kiryandongo Tribal clashes who sustained injuries.

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Twenty-seven out of the 42 suspects arrested over tribal clashes between the Lugbara and Lango tribesmen that resulted in the death of three people in Kiryandongo district are out on police bond. The suspects who are from the Lango community were arrested on Thursday and Friday last week from various parts of Kiryandongo district.  


The attack took place at Opeche village in Karuma town Council. The suspects are accused of attacking and hacking to death Yasin Bakati, Rosa Afiyako and Safi Ayumani, all Lugbaras and residents of Opeche cell Karuma town Council in Kiryandongo district.  

They also critically injured Safina Chandiru who was first admitted with severe wounds at Kiryandongo General Hospital before she was transferred to Arua Regional Referral hospital for specialized medical attention. Chandiru sustained deep cuts on the head, face and both hands and stomach.      

They accused the deceased persons of being behind the disappearance and murder of their young brother identified as Innocent Opio, who went missing on February 4, 2021. His lifeless body was found floating on river Karuma near the site of Karuma Hydro Power Dam on February 9, 2021.     



After retrieving the body, his relatives attacked the deceased persons from the Lugbara community accusing them of being behind Opio’s death. After hacking the trio to death, the attackers varnished to an unknown destination. 

A team of security officers comprising police and Uganda People’s Defense Forces UPDF soldiers hunted for the suspects and managed to apprehend the 42 people who participated in the trio’s attack. The suspects were immediately whisked off to Kiryandongo central police station.  


Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that 27 out of the 42 suspects were released on police bond over the the weekend as per the advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions-DPP. He says the remaining fifteen suspects who are believed to be the ring leaders of the tribal clashes will be produced before the court on Tuesday because their files are ready.  

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According to Hakiza, calm has returned between the two tribes following various community policing programs conducted by the police, adding that they are closely monitoring the situation. Police have remained silent on the identity of the suspects in custody and those out on bail.   

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