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Residents Abandon Homes Over Possible Attack

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By Mike Rwothomio
More than  180 residents of the rural Paidha Sub County in Zombo District,  have abandoned their homes,  over what they claim further threat and attack by their rival community.

In May this year, The currently displaced   residents of Labora village,  Otheko Parish Paidha Sub_County Came under serious attack,  after some of them  reportedly lynched two youth with hearing impairment in the area on allegations of theft.

According to report,  the two went fishing along River Zingili in that particular village where they met their death only for their bodies to be discovered by farmers.

Hell broke loose shortly after Information about the tragic death of the two young men reached their relatives and friends from Amei Parish in Paidha Sub_County. They retaliated by setting alight more than 70 huts, before  looting  and destroying many properties leaving Hundreds without shelter and food.

The internally displaced persons most of whom were children below the age of 10 for the past three months were accorded refuge at Pubidhi primary school in Nebbi Municipality. Recently, they were advised by Authorities to return to their homes.

The Headteacher of Pubidhi Primary  School Kizito Oryem  confirmed to this publication that the displaced persons left the school premises but are taking refuge at relatives or friend’s places whilst others have traveled to far off places. He said the displaced persons are alleging that their rival community is planning an attack on them.

” These people have refused to go back to their villages, they say they can’t risk their lives up there, as I talk now, many are within this village” Oryema explained.

This Publication understands that some of them are selling their lands cheaply. Getting comments from the area LC1 Chairperson of Labora village Otheko Parish  Eric Owonda  and The LC3 chairperson of Paidha Sub_County William Okethi  Proved Futile.

However, Benard Orach  The LC 1 chairperson of Avonu central , Amei Parish Paidha Sub-County, who is an uncle to one of the deceased denied  the allegations saying they had calmed down their people.

He said ” we are now taking legal direction and we really advised our people not to take law in their hands”.

Shortly after the May 25th incident, The Woman MP of Zombo  also the commissioner of Parliament Esther Afoyochan , had  committed  to harmonize relationship between  the two rival Community. However, the dialogue is still to be witnessed.

” what I’m going to do as a leader , is that as much as possible seek dialogue,  I have therefore asked the two community to come together , of course I’m going to facilitate the sitting and  make sure that  we end this as harmoniously as possible” She Said.

Recently, a man was apprehended and detained at Paidha central Police on allegation of  being amongst suspects who masterminded  the murder of the two.

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