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Frenzied Agago Rioters Target Non-Acholi Citizens After Two Murders

Kasimiro Ongom, the Patongo Clan Chief, says when they traced the rioters, they found that they had a hideout where they smoke illegal drugs every day.
Boxes of tomatoes belonging to non-acholi business community set on fire. Photo by Frank Openytho

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Police in Patongo Town Council, Agago district spent Wednesday afternoon battling with a frenzied mob that went on a violent rampage destroying property, following the murder of one James Laboke.

Trouble reportedly started when Laboke, from Tee Adwoki Village, was axed to death by one Kigamba Alfred, whom he found engaged in a domestic quarrel.

According to an eyewitness, Kigamba invited Laboke to make some bricks for him but unfortunately,  when Laboke went to Kigamba’s home, he found him quarreling with his (Kigamba’s) wife and tried to stop them. Instead, Kigamba picked an axe and hit Laboke to death.

After the death of Laboke, a mob descended on Kigamba who was pursuing his wife with the same axe, and killed him.

The mob then proceeded to raid the house of one Alice Alimo, a mother of six, and stole her 300,000 shillings and household items. Alimo, the victim of the mob raid, says her husband recently died and she does not know how she will feed her family.

//Cue in: “Cwinya tye kacwer...”//

Cue out: …tye kangana.”//

   

The mob proceeded and torched two huts in Bardege cell in Oporot Parish and destroyed property especially those belonging to tribes other than Acholi.

  Attempts by Joseph Komakech, the LCIII of Patongo Council to suppress the riot failed.

Kasimiro Ongom, the Patongo Clan Chief, says when they traced the rioters, they found that they had a hideout where they smoke illegal drugs every day.

Kasimiro says the clan condemns the tribal clash saying the leaders don’t condone it. He appealed to the other tribes in the district and the natives of the district, to use the local leaders to resolve such conflicts, instead of taking the law into their hands.

  //Cue in: “Tye gin marac…”//

Cue out: …I kabedo acel.//

Susan Akany, the resident district commissioner of Agago, warned the locals against tribal segregation, destruction of property, use of illegal drugs, and mob action.

Akany says the police are carrying out investigating and all the wrongdoers will be penalized.  

//Cue in: “Gin ame otimere…”//

Cue out: …kuc odwogo Patongo.”//   

The bodies of the two have been taken to Dr. Ambrozli Hospital in Kalongo for postmortem.  Kigamba’s wife is still on the run.

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