Seven injured in Lamwo inter-clan fight

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A grass-thatched hut set ablaze by one of the clans fighting for land in Madi Opei Sub-county, Lamwo District yesterday (Tuesday), April 13, 2021.

Seven people are nursing wounds they sustained during a fight that broke out between two clans over land in Wii-gweng Parish, Madi Opei Sub-county in Lamwo District.

The injured whose identities could not be established by press time were rushed to Madi Opei Health Centre 4 in the incident that took place yesterday (Tuesday), April 13, 2021.

The Lamwo Sub-county LC 3 Chairman, Charles Obong Okwera, told Kazi-njema News that the Pobura and Pabira clan members were engaged in a three-hour fight that started at 5am over a piece of land measuring about 30,000 hectares adding that all the injured are all from the Pobura clan.

During the fracas, a grass-thatched hut was torched down.

The chairman said that the farm land in dispute still awaits court verdict on May 25, 2021.

Some sources said that the fight broke out when one of the Pobura clan members allegedly forged a document claiming that court had already ruled in their favour, an act that the Pabira clan members saw as provocative and retaliated by attacking the former.

However, Mr Okwera told our reporter that the Lamwo Resident District Commissioner, Nabbison Kidega Nok, rushed to the scene with the police and calmed the two belligerent parties.

Audio: Okwera on fight (English)
Police and local leaders mediate the two belligerent clan members in Madi Opei Sub-county, Lamwo District yesterday (Tuesday), April 13, 2021.

The District Police Commander, Robert Kichumu, said a joint force of the police and the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) is currently deployed to the area where the situation is now serene adding that local leaders have been tasked to intervene.

“We have allowed the local leaders to mediate the two parties since they know best the genesis of the matter as we [security agents] continue with our part of ensuring that security is maintained,” Mr Kachumu said.

The Aswa River Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Jimmy Patrick Okema, says four suspects who orchestrated the fight have been detained as investigations into the matter continue.

“We continue to appeal to the local community to seek legal redress instead of taking the law into their hands,” said Mr Okema.

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  1. I wish them quick recovery to peace and order. the fruits of violence are always destructive and long lasting with some lifelong.

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