tension between Terego and Madi Okollo district officials over revenue
collection at Ocea Market, claimed by Uriama and Rigbo sub-counties.
On Wednesday, residents in the two sub-counties clashed
over the market management, after Uriama sub-county council
awarded the tender to Kamure Titia, a resident of Terego district.
same market was also allegedly awarded to Oluba Community Development
Association by Rigbo sub-county officials in Madi Okollo district. At least
nine people believed to be market clerks were reportedly arrested by the UPDF
deployed in the area to that effect.
For a long, the two districts have been embroiled in a dispute in Uriama and
Rigbo sub-counties with each claiming, Ocea Market and Quiver Secondary School are
located within its territory.
The dispute has been worsened by the fact that the Ministry of Lands, Housing
and Urban Development reaffirmation exercise that was carried out in 2021
reaffirmed that the disputed market falls in Terego district, something that
has since been rejected by Madi Okollo district.
Vincent Okot, the Uriama LCIII Chairman say they were shocked to learn that the
market tenderer was blocked by members who previously have been managing the
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Andati Faruk, the Vice-Chairperson Oluba Clan landlords explain that he acted
because the letter that the new tender presented had some errors and therefore
could not allow him to manage the market.
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Titia, the new tender says he legally won the tender for the market and wonders
how he is going to pay the sub-county council since he has been blocked.
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Saka, the Terego LCV Chairperson blames the central government for failing to
pronounce itself on the reaffirmation exercise that was carried out last year.
Saka says the current escalation of the conflict has caused tension and
threatening bloodshed in the area.
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the LCV Chairperson for Madi Okollo noted that their positions remain and they
are waiting for the ministry of Lands to solve the dispute using the colonial
This is the second time for locals in the two sub-counties to clash over Ocea
market tender. On 1 July 2020 when Terego district was inaugurated, locals from
the two sub-counties clashed over Ocea market because the tender for the market
was being awarded to a person in Rigbo sub-county. Seventeen people were arrested
by Police to that effect.
The border conflict between Uriama sub-county in Terego district and Rigbo sub-county
in Madi-Okollo district started in the late 1990s over resources like taxes,
land for agriculture and access to the Nile river.
Terego district has other border conflicts with Yumbe at a point where Rivers
Enyau and Ore meet and another one at Drajini. While Madi Okollo has other
broader conflicts with Arua district, Nebbi District, Yumbe district over
Ewanga Sub-county among others.