1 dead, 4 injured in West Nile war of arrows


One person died this afternoon and four others were critically injured in land clashes that broke out Friday morning in the West Nile district of Arua.

The four, who were shot with arrows as they were cultivating in their gardens are receiving treatment; two at Arua Regional Referral Hospital while two others are admitted in Kuluva Mission Hospital.

The dead has been identified as the LC1 chairman of Obaiva village in Pajuru parish Arivu Sub County, who died after sustaining several injuries from arrows.

The land conflict between the communities in Opia and Ayavu parishes in Vurra Sub County and Pajuru parish in Arivu Sub County, Arua district started on Tuesday and escalated on Friday morning where they used bows and arrows to fight.

The land disputed has pitted the clans of Opia and Ayavu against that of Pajuru clan.

Police spokesperson for North western region Josephine Angucia told URN that police have arrested 35 people from the two parishes of Opia and Ayavu following the clashes.

Earlier on Tuesday two other people, Silvano Ezabo and Ernest Edrolo, 54, both residents of Yivi village, Ayavu parish Vurra Sub County were stoned by the people of Pajuru and sustained serious injuries on the head.

Police says the land conflict which has raged on since 2013 was sparked off on Tuesday when the people of Yivu village, Ayavu parish went to cultivate the land in question and met their rivals from Pajuru parish in Arivu Sub County who started fighting them.

The people of pajuru who were armed with bows, arrows, machete, hoes and stones attacked the people of Ayavu injuring two people on Tuesday while on Thursday; the people of Opia and Ayavu retaliated worsening the situation.

The land in question is bordering the three communities of Paruju in Arivu Sub County and those of Opia and Ayavu in Vurra Sub County and the three communities are fighting over what they says is wrong demarcation of border by the district leaders of Arua.

The people of Opia and Ayavu claim the border was extended to their land favouring the people of Pajuru.

Jackson Feta, the councilor for Ayavu parish to Vurra Sub County council told URN that they alerted the district leaders about the wrong demarcation in 2013, but nothing has been done to correct the mistakes.

The RDC Arua Peter Dibele who visited the area this morning says the security team together with the leaders in the two sub counties had agreed that people who own land in the neighbouring parishes should not be stopped from cultivate their land.

In 2013, over 400 houses were burnt and five people killed over the same piece of land which is more than 100 acres.


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