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Rival Clans Sign Agreement On Cessation Of Hostilities Over Contested Land :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Rival Clans Sign Agreement On Cessation Of Hostilities Over Contested Land

Kidega says the agreement stems from violent clashes between the two clans that occurred last week where at least 5 people were critically injured, over 20 huts set ablaze and unspecified household property destroyed and stolen.

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Two rival clans in Lamwo district have signed an agreement to cease hostilities and embrace peaceful resolution to the long-running land feud. 

The agreement signed on Monday between the leaders of Palacam and Longuti clans in Yweyo Pe village in Aringa Parish, Potika Sub County was brokered by the Lamwo Resident District Commissioner and witnessed by cultural, religious, and sub-county leaders and rival clan members.

Lamwo Resident District Commissioner, James Nabinson Kidega says that two clans have been embroiled in a long-standing land feud dating back to 2012 over a piece of land measuring approximately 20 hectares.

Kidega says the agreement stems from violent clashes between the two clans that occurred last week where at least 5 people were critically injured, over 20 huts set ablaze and unspecified household property destroyed and stolen. 

According to Kidega, close to 70 people from both clans were arrested in connection to the violence reportedly triggered by an attack by Palacam clan members against Longuti clan members.

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During the clash, members of the Longuti clan accused Palacam clan members of forcefully encroaching on part of their land and illegally starting a trading centre on the contested land at Yweyo Pe. 

However, the two rival clans have agreed to reconcile, cease any future hostility over the disputed land, and resolved to withdraw all court suits as a sign of implementing the accord.  

The clan leaders also agreed to hold a separate meeting to ensure that looted properties during the clashes are returned to the respective owners and stop any development on the said land until a proper demarcation exercise takes place.

The Palacam clan chief, Valent Okello, stated that the signing of the agreements is an

an important milestone in the history of both clans that coexisted peacefully before the dispute that affected their relationship. 

Okello further pointed out that the recommendations of the reconciliation document have now provided a basis for peace and peaceful co-existence between the two clans.

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Massimo Olebe, the head of the Longuti clan expressed excitement over the agreement that has created set a buffer zone and allowed the construction of a road as a demarcation between the two clans. Olebe says that he will ensure that his clan members respect and abide by the agreement by not engaging in any further hostility.

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Kidega commended the two parties on their relentless efforts to bring an end to the crisis, saying that once respected the agreement would have a significant impact on the social relations between the two clans and achieve peaceful co-existence among them.

According to Kidega, the success of the agreement lies in the implementation of the recommendations, warning to take stringent measures against the violators.

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