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UPDF Oversees Burial of Man Killed in Apaa Land Clashes

Lt. Hassan Ahmed Kato, the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson defended their deployment at the burial site to ensure peace and sanity prevailed between the two communities.
24 Sep 2021 10:06

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The Uganda People’s Defense Forces – UPDF on Thursday oversaw the burial of a man killed during tribal clashes between the Acholi and Madi communities in Apaa Township on Sunday.

The violence was the latest of unrest in Apaa that has left at least 24 people dead since 2012.

Eyewitnesses say the Acholi community had responded to an invasion of the Madi people to evict them from Goro B village.

Since Monday, irate Madi people regrouped and attempted to forcefully bury the body of the deceased, Edward Idro, 34, a resident of Zoka C village in Itirikwa Sub-County, in the contested area of Goro B village.

On Tuesday, police backed by the military from Juka barracks intervened by firing teargas to restore sanity. One person from Adjumani lost his arm as he attempted to remove a tear-gas canister fired at them to throw it at the police.

Marian Abola, the LCI Chairperson of Acholiber village said the deceased was buried in the disputed area, at the home of Muto Igodo, who was killed by unknown assailants during a tribal attack in 2015.

Santo Okot, a human rights activist in Apaa Township who has been closely following the tensions says Madi people were burying the deceased in a wrong location with UPDF back up to justify that the area belonged to them.

Peter Taban, the Adjumani Resident District Commissioner – RDC disputed reports that two people were killed, saying only Idro was killed and others were injured where they tried to resist police directive.

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Lt. Hassan Ahmed Kato, the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson defended their deployment at the burial site to ensure peace and sanity prevailed between the two communities.

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Lt. Kato emphasized that the UPDF shall not tire to restore security and sanity among those communities until their predicaments are resolved by the Government.

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