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Lockdown Curtails Mediation of Land Disputes in Acholi

At least 10 people have been killed in land related brawls since the beginning of the year across Pader, Gulu, Lamwo, Amuru, Agago, Kitgum, Nwoya and Omoro districts.
A victim of the deadly land clashes from Palaro Sub County on drip water at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital

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Clan chiefs and local leaders in Acholi are worried about spiralling land clashes in the region as lockdown continues to curtail mediation efforts.

The latest incident happened last Sunday involving Wilfred Okello, the in-Charge of Pabo Health Center III in Amuru District who was killed over land dispute in Nwoya District.

A day before, three people who are still hospitalized at St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Gulu sustained grievous injuries after they were attacked while they were digging in contested farmland in Omoro District. The clashes happened in Oluba village, Kal Parish, Ongako Sub-County.

On May 5, four people from the Lukwor and Palara clans in Omoro District were hospitalized at Lalogi Health Centre IV after clashes over communal farmland.

Michael Lakony, the Amuru LCV Chairperson disclosed that over 500 households in Lebngec parish are contesting continuous planting of mark stones to extend the boundary of West Acholi Cooperative Union land.

Cue in: “We are investigating…..

Cue out: …that is ongoing.”//

At least 10 people have been killed in land-related brawls since the beginning of the year across Pader, Gulu, Lamwo, Amuru, Agago, Kitgum, Nwoya and Omoro districts.

Susan Akany, the Omoro Resident District Commissioner of disclosed that Omoro has a backlog of land conflict cases pending mediation after the lockdown.

Rwot Yusuf Adek Okwanga, the Chief of Pageya, a sub-clan under Acholi Chiefdom in Gulu District explained that his council of elders are overwhelmed by unresolved land conflicts but all have been suspended due to the outbreak of the virus.

Cue in: Acholi “Ma wabedo ka…..

Cue out: …guribbeo ken-gi.”//

Clan Chief, Baptist Latim of Patiko sub-clan said he’s facing an uphill task mediating on increasing cases of land conflicts among his subject.

Cue in: Acholi “Kadi kombedi….

Cue out: …loko lok me ngom.”//

The lockdown which was declared by President Museveni in March banned public gatherings and limited movement of people among others.