By John Unzima
Adjumani-Two people have been severely injured and one person has gone missing after a renewed clash over the disputed land between Adjumani and Amuru districts.
The police and locals from Itirikwa Sub-county have rescued two people and are searching for another abducted over the weekend.
The three were part of fourteen people reported to have been abducted at the wake of a fresh hostility at Appa area, that has for long been a disputed land.
The violent tribal conflicts over the Weekend pitting Acholi from Amuru district and Ma’di from Adjumani district which has reportedly left more than 35 houses burnt.
The trio Leo Abiriga (still missing), William Achidri and James Ondoma were workers at coffee farm own by a business woman in Adjumani Town.
Achidri William displaying the injuries inflicted to him at Adjumani Police Station. Photo By John Unzima
According a resident earlier last week two members of the rival community one either side had bitterly disputed ownership of a Pig.
The disagreement escalated into full scale tribal attacks by the weekend with Police in Adjumani rushing to the area arresting two men.
The two arrested were on Thursday detained at Adjumani Central Police station but were shortly released.
As two were being released Acholi tribesmen from Amuru district lunched a counter attack allegedly to avenge a previous day attack by Ma’di tribesmen abducting fourteen people in the end.
Kawa Motoka Adjumani district Police commander said they have so far rescued thirteen people by Monday evening and are searching one person missing.
The two badly injured William Achidri and James Ondoma are receiving treatment from Adjumani general hospital while Police and Volunteers are searching for Leo Abiriga.
William Achidri who sustained injuries from cuts inflicted by what he said were Acholi tribesmen sobbed uncontrollably as he recorded statement at Adjumani Police.
“They (abductors from Amuru) were always on Phone getting commands from their commander. They wanted to cut my finger using Machete but I moved my hands the Machete landed on a piece wood my hand was resting on…” Achidri further narrated.
Achidri said he escaped from his captors with two of his fellows and took different directions as their captors were chasing them.
“They (the Acholi) chased us; wanting to recaptured us until we took different directions,” Achidri
James Ondoma also with gory injuries said they were beaten and the captors almost chopped off the hands of one of their colleagues Leo Abiriga using a Machete.
“They tied us hit our heads severally using clubs wanting to kill,” Ondoma said.
James Ondoma narrating his ordeals upon arrival at Adjumani General hospital. Photo By John Unzima
The attackers were armed with Bows and Arrow, Spear and Machete. Bernard Anguyo who fled from the attackers said they came in numbers descending on their farm vandalizing properties as others mounted a spirited chase on them.
“We have lost all our properties clothing phones, ID (national Identity card) I have nothing left,” Anguyo said
Lagua Mystica a coffee farmer on whose farm the fourteen abducted were working said she could not ascertain the motive behind the attack. Lagua said her four acre of coffee was destroyed by the marauding tribesmen (Acholi) and properties valued worth millions of shillings looted from the farm.
The UPDF soldiers have been deployed in the area to quell further violence which had hitherto momentarily ceased after marking Adjumani-Amuru border in September 2015.
A security meeting between authorities in the two district is own going today (Tuesday) in Adjumani town.