Santo Okot, the human rights defender in Apaa Township says that dozens of irate Madi people infiltrated Juka and Goro B and Lutoya villages in the wee hours Wednesday in an attempt to force their way in to bury the slain man but were stopped.
Angry residents of Apaa Township on Wednesday repulsed a group of Madi
people after they forcefully tried to bury a man killed during clashes in Goro
The incident follows a deadly encounter between the two
communities after the Acholi community responded to an invasion of eight Madi
people armed with machetes that triggered a commotion that left two people
The body of one of the attackers was discovered on Tuesday evening
by police backed by the army and local leaders from Itirikwa Sub-County in the neighbouring
“We recovered a dead body of a man in the shrubs, a few meters
away from the home of Charles Ocaya Aligech,” a policeman who did not want to
be mentioned because he was not authorized to speak to the media said.
The source added that: “His body was handed over to the authorities
from Madi, and they wanted to forcefully bury the body on Aligech’s compound
which the residents vehemently rejected.”
Santo Okot, the human rights defender in Apaa Township says that
dozens of irate Madi people infiltrated Juka and Goro B and Lutoya villages in
the wee hours Wednesday in an attempt to force their way in to bury the slain
man but were stopped.
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The Acholi Parliamentary Group – APG headed by Kilak North MP
Anthony Akol blamed the government for the lack of political will to amicably
resolve the Apaa conflict, nearly a decade ago since the tribal clashes were bedevilled
the area causing continued agony and unrest.
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The recent attacks have forced several families to vacate their
homes for fear of possible reprisals. At least 24 people have been killed since
2012 when protracted tribal clashes emerged over ownership of the 827 square kilometres
of the contested land.
Josephine Anguca, the West Nile Region Police Public Relations
Officer said she was still waiting for reports from detectives on the ground
before she could make an official response.
Recently, the Adjumani Resident District Commissioner, Peter Data Taban blamed
the impasse in Apaa on political leaders from the two neighbouring communities
who want to create new frontiers for selfish gains.