Wilson Acuma, the Coordinator of Local Council 1 Chairpersons in Apaa reported that a new group of Madi people invaded their villages this morning seeking to avenge the death of their militants.
people have been killed in renewed tribal clashes between the Acholi community
in Apaa Township and Madi people from neighboring Adjumani District.
authorities say an unspecified number of Madi assailants armed with
machetes crossed Juka river into Goro B on Sunday with an aim of attacking the
Acholi Community, but they were quickly subdued by the community, killing one on
killed one and captured seven of them whom we handed over to Juka police and
military detach,” a Local Council 1 official who preferred his name not to be
mentioned told URN in an interview on Monday.
Acuma, the Coordinator of Local Council 1 Chairpersons in Apaa revealed that a
new group of Madi people have invaded their villages this Monday morning seeking to avenge the death of their gang members.
assailant who was critically injured during the Sunday scuffle has died today
from Ajumani Hospital, bringing the number of those killed to two, which has further
provoked the Madi who have regrouped to retaliate,” Acuma said.
backed by the army fired tear gas and live bullets to disperse the assailants
who were advancing towards Apaa Township to attack displaced community members
who had sought refuge for fear of attacks.
contacted, the Uganda People’s Defense Forces – UPDF 4th Division
Public Relations Officer could not confirm nor deny the report but requested
more time establish the facts on the ground before issuing an official
brings to four, the number of death toll relating to the renewed tribal conflicts
between the two communities since August this year.
Cumulatively, 24 people
have been killed since 2012 when the first attack on Apaa residents occurred.
over Apaa land measuring 827 square kilometers in size relates to its ownership
and economic use. The Acholi community argue the land is their ancestral home which
the Madi are contesting.
Uganda Wildlife Authority – UWA also claims ownership of the land which was gazetted
by the Adjumani District Local Government in 2012 as part East Madi Game
Reserve under Zoka Central Forest.