John Komakech Ogwok, Lamwo district chairperson says their findings indicate that the sub counties of Palabek Gem, Palabek Ogili, Padibe East, Paluga and Agoro are worst hit. The leaders say disputes in these hot spots easily degenerate into loss of lives and destruction of property.
The committee leaders say disputes in the hotspots easily degenerate into loss of lives and destruction of property. To gain better insights into the disputes and find lasting solutions, the committee has just completed a mapping exercise of the affected areas.
The committee brings together the district local council executive, the district internal security officer, the resident district commissioner and the police commander.
John Komakech Ogwok, Lamwo district chairperson says their findings indicate that the sub counties of Palabek Gem, Palabek Ogili, Padibe East, Paluga and Agoro are worst hit.
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Komakech says the violence has three major triggers including population pressure, economic value attached to land in post conflict situation, and incitement and land grabbing.
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In Palabek Gem, a family is embroiled in a bloody land wrangle with their nephews. The dispute has left three people dead, 13 huts burnt down and several crop fields destroyed as sides in the conflict defend their claims.
Robinson Wontwero, a resident of Burnyang village in Palabek Gem Sub County says they have been forced to arm themselves with bows and arrows after several attacks.
Jonathan Rutabingwa, the chairperson of Lamwo district security committee says some of the disputes involve entire an chiefdom. He cites a case in which three clans in Madi Opei sub county resisted construction of Gulu - Acholibur - Musingo trade route.
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To Rutabingwa, the formal justice system is encouraging alternative dispute resolution to restore peace among conflicting parties after realising several of its rulings had been violated.
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Most of the land under disputes is former hunting grounds and grazing grounds required for sale or establishment of plantations.