Families homeless after huts burnt

By: Julius Ocungi

Gulu: Two people have been injured and 10 families left homeless in Paicho Sub-county in Gulu District after their huts were burnt at the weekend.

According to witnesses, the incident happened at about 4am when a suspected assailant and his brother picked a quarrel over inheriting their father’s property.

Ms Pamela Achieng, a witness, said the man started quarreling after he learnt that their father had already bequeathed the role to their sister.

“It seems the argument did not go well. The man started making threats of killing the whole family for their betrayal, but they never took it seriously,” Ms Achieng narrated.

“At about 3am, we started hearing our neighbours yelling and running out side. When we came out to ascertain what was happening, we found the man armed with an axe and arrow with huts burning,” she added.

Mr Morris Ochan and another unidentified colleague were injured by the arrows as they attempted to stop the attacker. They have been admitted to Lacor Hospital.

The LC1 chairperson, Mr Livingstone Okeny, urged the affected families to remain calm.

The regional police spokesperson, Mr Jimmy Patrick Okema, said the arrested suspect will be prosecuted after investigations are carried out.

“He faces three counts of malicious damage, attempted murder and arson. Any time he will be taken to court,” Mr Okema said.

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