18 arrested after inter-clan attack

Kitgum. Police have arrested 18 people of the same clan for allegedly fuelling ethnic clashes in Wao Central village in Amida Sub-county, Kitgum District on Monday.

Kitgum District Police Commander Denis Achama said investigations had been completed and the accused would be taken to court shortly.“We are waiting for a response and aice from the resident state attorney so that they are taken to court,” he said.

It is alleged that members of the Pace-Jok clan, armed with machetes on Monday, attacked the Gem clan, burning down eight grass thatched huts, cutting down banana plantations and raiding poultry and livestock.

In the attack, Mzee Bazilio Oyet, 70, was severely injured and was admitted to St Josephs Hospital in Kitgum in critical condition. Ojok died three days later.

ace-Jok clan members are said to have started the attack in revenge on the Gem clan, whose members Mr David Ocan and a one Omal, were accused of killing one of their clansmen (from the Pace-Jok clan) Michael Onek.The situation was only contained after police intervened and pursued the irate Pace Jok clansmen on Monday morning.Police fired live bullets to scare away the clansmen, who were armed with machetes.The local council chairperson for Wao Central village, Mr Christopher Ojera, said he regretted the incident. He said the Gem clansmen have since fled the village to seek refuge in Kitgum Town for fear of revenge attacks from the rival clan.

“The two clan members had previously been engaged in reconciliation talks to put their issues to rest, but it’s unfortunate that this has happened,” says Mr Ojera.

Chief (Rwot) Paul Arop of the Pagen Clan, says the Acholi cultural institution should embark on sensitising the residents on the outcomes of revenge, and foster reconciliation among the locals.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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