David Ngole, the Palaro Sub-County Chairperson said the clashes involved family members who were fighting over ownership of disputed communal land. According to Ngole, the clashes followed a prolonged unresolved dispute between the relatives.
One of the victims of the Palaro sub county land clashes recieving treatment at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital
Police in Gulu is holding two
people for masterminding deadly land clashes which left four family members critically
injured. The incident occurred on Sunday
night in Telute village, Palaro Sub-County in Gulu District.
David Ngole, the Palaro
Sub-County Chairperson said the clashes involved family members who were
fighting over ownership of disputed communal land. According to Ngole, the
clashes followed a prolonged unresolved dispute between the relatives.
The injured included Walter
Okello, 21, Bicenytina Adong, 65, Charles Okot, 45, Bosco Okot, 30, all peasant
farmers of the same village. They are all admitted at Gulu Region Referral
The attackers who were armed with
lethal objects including pangas, spears, bows and arrows have been identified
as Kennedy Oyet, Opiyo Denis and Odong Odoki. They fled the scene but were
trailed and two were arrested on Monday night by community members, who handed
them over to the police.
Aswa River Region Police
Spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema says that the suspects will face charges of
attempted murder. Okema added that police backed by locals have launched a
manhunt for the third suspect who remains at large.
Inter-communal disputes over land
in Northern Uganda have been escalated by economic disparity, irregular land
tenure systems, youth unemployment and marginalized population threatening
peace, security and stability.
Over 20 people have been killed
in Acholi sub-region as a direct result of land wrangles since 2012. More than
100 have been injured. Other hot spot areas in the region entangled in
conflicts include Aswa ranch in Pader, Lakang and Apaa in Amuru, Okidi parish
in Atiak sub-county Orom in Kitgum and Lokung in Lamwo district.