- Over 200 people have fled the area for safety in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo following the inter clan clash
- The land wrangle started in 1996 according to the Clan Chief
- Cases of land wrangles are on increase where several evictions and bloodshed have been witnessed across the district. Some of the evictions and violence is out of revenge
- Over 100 grass thatched houses were burnt and the villages have been deserted. Only dogs and some few animals could be seen roaming in the deserted villages
By Okaba Patrick
Nebbi- An inter clan land wrangles between Acer community and Jupu-Omaki of Angulle in Abar West, Ndhew sub county in Nebbi district has forced the powerless community of Jupu-Omaki to cross for safety in the nearby Democratic Republic of Congo.
The land dispute left over 100 grass thatched houses burnt into aches including house hold items, livestock looted and banana plantations all cut down which is likely to bring hunger to the affected community of jupa-Omaki.
Some of the elderly, mothers with their children spent cold nights in the bushes as they tried to flee. The two days’ land wrangles between the two communities has left one person dead and one seriously injured in the fight that erupted from Tuesday and extended to Wednesday.
According to one of the elders of Acer community, Angwe Oyeki 81-year-old, the disputed land being claimed by Jupu-omaki was left as a community land for grazing animals. He said Jupu-omaki came from Congo and occupied the land.
The Nebbi district police commander, Fred Ahimbisibwe has identified the deceased as Gabriel Jakisa 32-year-old from Jupalyec village.
Ahimbisibwe criticized Acer community for acting unlawfully by attacking Jupu-Omaki which resulted into killing of young, able and progressive young man to leave his family prematurely.
The land case was registered in court in 2014 and no judgment has yet been passed. The locals from Acer community accuse the police for siding with their counterparts of Jupu-Omaki. He said no arrest has been made because the suspects are still at large, but police are investigating the matter to bring the culprits on books.
“We must respect the law and the law must guide us to solve our differences in the communities,” Ahimbisibwe said.