AGAGO. Agago District councillors have directed their LC5 chairperson, Mr Odok Wod Ochieng, to immediately convene a meeting to resolve land dispute between locals in the two sub-counties of Kotomor and Patongo.
The land claimed by the Acholi and Langi communities measure 10,000 acres.
Early this month, 64 huts were burnt in Acwiko village that is mainly dominated by Langi community. At least 15 people were injured, 75 goats killed, and five bicycles damaged.
During a district council meeting on Wednesday, councillors gave the district chairman one week to resolve the dispute.
The Adilang Sub-county councillor, Mr Denis Tabu, said if the dialogue failed, the district would take the land and hand it over to the government for national development.
“We cannot just watch when these people are killing themselves. Our chairperson has been given a go-ahead to reconcile them. In case they fail to heed the peace process of addressing the conflict, the land in question will be given to the government for management,” he said.
In a recent district security committee meeting, the chairpersons of Kotomor Sub-county, Mr Jacob Oling and his Patongo Sub-county counterpart, Mr Quinto Labeja, were accused of inciting violence that resulted into bloodshed.
The district police commander, Mr Albert Onyango, told the meeting that intelligence information had implicated the two leaders in fuelling the violence.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor