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One Killed in Lamwo Inter Clan Violence :: Uganda Radionetwork
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One Killed in Lamwo Inter Clan Violence

Trouble started after it was alleged that a group of women from the Kila clan, while returning from a funeral in Obore village, were attacked by unknown youth of the Pobere clan who started shooting at them using catapults.

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One person has died following a retaliatory inter clan clash between the Kila and Pobere clan members in Ngacino parish, Agoro Sub County in Lamwo district.   

The incident occurred on Saturday night at the borders of Obore and Layamo-Kila villages involving a confrontation between members of the two clans that led to the demise of one resident attached to the Kila clan.

The deceased has been identified as Ellen Candano who succumbed to internal injuries and over bleeding as a result of being shot with an arrow on Saturday night.

Trouble started after it was alleged that a group of women from the Kila clan, while returning from a funeral in Obore village, were attacked by unknown youth of the Pobere clan who started shooting at them using catapults.

According to elders, the women made an alarm which prompted their clan members from the neighboring village of Layamo Kila to respond to the alleged attack which caused a fierce commotion that led to the shooting of the deceased.

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The deceased was later rushed to Agoro Sub County Health Center III but was unfortunately pronounced dead on arrival at the health facility.  Tension then escalated through Saturday night on to Sunday morning, where Kila clan members mobilized and attacked the Pobere clan members in revenge for the death of their son.

Live bullets were fired by police and the army to try to quell the situation.  

Hundreds of huts and houses were partially destroyed in the counter attack that saw unspecified numbers of livestock, poultry, food stuffs and household items looted and destroyed. 

Scores of the affected members of the Pobere clan who include men, women and children have due to fear since gone into hiding in thickets and on the slopes of Langiya hills on the borders of Lamwo and South Sudan. 

The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega says the situation was however brought to normalcy after the intervention of the security who have also managed to effect seven arrests in connection with the clashes. 

Kidega says more police officers and security personnel have been deployed in the area to ensure calmness and justice while security teams are engaging village elders to diffuse any impending attacks and fears.

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According to Kidega, clan leaders reveal that the two rival clans have in the past years been involved in hostilities and previously fought over control and ownership of numerous hectares of farmland in the wilderness of Odiya in Ngacino parish.

Clan elders reveal that on several occasions they have led peace efforts and pleaded with the two rival clans to peacefully co-exist, since their tensions have repeatedly led to violence that has derailed their development.

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