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A Dozen Acholi Abducted as Tribal Violence Resumes in Amuru

Wilson Acuma, the Coordinator of Local Council I Chairpersons in Apaa says the attackers are part of a larger group of Madi people who are being incited by their political leaders to evict the Acholi community through violence.
11 Sep 2021 11:44


Thirteen residents of Acholiber village in the disputed Apaa area, Amuru district gone missing after they were abducted by unknown machete wielding men on Friday evening.

Eyewitness said the attackers estimated to be over 100 in numbers came from neighbouring Itirikwa Sub-County in Adjumani District and invaded the village to loot food items like grains and livestock especially poultry and goats.

“They attacked the village at around 2:00 pm and kidnapped some men and women whom they forced to carry the loots they rushed to towards Juka river,” Santo Okot, a human rights defender residing in Apaa township said.

Anthony Ocaya, a resident of the village said through their intelligence sources, some of the attackers were being hired by political leaders from among the South Sudan refugees of Madi origin.

Wilson Acuma, the Coordinator of Local Council I Chairpersons in Apaa says the attackers are part of a larger group of Madi people who are being incited by their political leaders to evict the Acholi community through violence.

“On Friday last week, we got information that over 250 attackers held a meeting at Goro B, at the Juka river banks where they hatched plan to attack Oyanga, Gajji, Lulayi and Pakapaka villages in order to evict the occupants on Tuesday this week,” Acuma told URN.

The local authorities reported the matter to police who get backing from the Uganda People’s Defense Forces – UPDF soldiers at Juka military detach. The UPDF pursued the assailants but none was captured.

By press time, one captives who identified himself only as Akena from Acholiber village said eight of the 13 captives have been released after they were severely beaten by the attackers. Akena said their kidnappers warned that they must vacate Apaa of face severe consequences.

This morning, some residents revealed that more assailants were spotted around the home Alijah Latim in Kalacut village, located East of Apaa Township at the border of Pogo and Pabbo Sub-Counties, causing more fear of another imminent tribal attack.

Earlier on Thursday, Lt. Ahmad Hassan Kato, the UPDF 4th Division Public Relations Officer said the allegations that a big number of armed Madi people had crossed to Te-yaa village with pangas, bows and arrows to attack the Acholi community were false.

Lt. Kato said they dispatched UPDF to the area and they only found out about 13 Madi young men who were camped in a big field tilling the land for large scale agriculture contrary to what was earlier claimed.

Dispute over 827 Square kilometres of land in Apaa land between Amuru, Adjumani Districts and Uganda Wildlife Authority – URA started in 2012 when the land in question was gazetted as East Madi Game Reserve under Zoka Forest.   

Since then, over 20 people have been killed in sporadic tribal clashes.

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