Three Killed Over Land Conflicts

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According to Opiga, Priska Awino died during the arson attack, but her mother died on Saturday at Lacor hospital in Gulu district where she was rushed with burns.

Three people have been killed in two separate land conflicts in Oyam district. The dead are Susan Betty Amongi and her primary 2 daughter Priska Awino. Thomas Ocen Opiga, the Oyam District Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Officer says the duo met their death after Evelyn Awino, a resident of Odike village Loro Sub County set their house ablaze on Good Friday.

According to Opiga, Priska Awino died during the arson attack, but her mother died on Saturday at Lacor hospital in Gulu district where she was rushed with burns.Opiga explains that, their preliminary investigations show that Awino attacked Amongi's family because she was opposed to her move to sell part of their ancestral land to build a house for their 70 year- old mother Theresa Koli.

He says the matter was mediated by the village council authorities on Thursday without success. Opiga says that after losing the case, Awino resorted to arson. She reportedly poured petrol on the deceased's grass thatched hut before setting it ablaze. In another incident, Denis Olet, a resident of Bar-rwot village in Aleka Sub County, Oyam district was killed by his brother Sam Odongo over a piece of their family land.

 Odongo reportedly attacked his sibling with an axe killing him instantly. Both Awino and Odongo are being held at Oyam Central Police Station pending further investigations into their cases. Land conflicts in Lango Region are common. Rtd. Col. Tonny Otoa, the minister of culture and security Lango Cultural Institution has been advocating for planting of Omara-omara tree on boundaries to avoid possible land conflict. 

The campaign is slowly picking up amongst residents.