1 dead as police rushes to quell Hoima violence


Police officials guard cattle during previous clashes between pastoralists and cultivators in Kigorobya Sub-county, Hoima District.

Fresh tribal tensions are brewing at Rwentale landing site in Buseruka Sub County following violent clashes between Alur and Bagungu fishermen.

The clashes followed the death last Thursday of, Richard Dongi, an Alur fisherman who was reportedly beaten by Bagungu rivals.

Dongi died upon arrival to Hoima regional referral hospital.

Albert Regional Police Commander, Charles Ssembambulide, says Adongi’s death sparked a tribal fight back home in Rwentale as a group of Alur attacked Bagungu in vengeance.

Police rushed to the scene to restore calm.

Sixteen people have since been arrested for purportedly taking part in the fight.

The suspects police has declined to name are held at Hoima Central Police Station pending charges of murder, inciting violence and affray.

Ssebambulidde says although police managed to end the fight, tension remains high.

Last year, 20 houses were burnt following clashes between the immigrant bahuma cattle keepers and Alur farmers in Kigorobya Sub-county, Hoima District.

The midwestern regional police commander, Charles Ssebambulidde, said the two communities in Lenju village fought using clubs leading to the arrest of seven people.

In 2006, a group of Bagungu led by the Buliisa County MP, Stephen Mukitale Biraahwa, clashed with the pastoralists and in the process more than 10 Bagungu including Biraahwa got injured.

They were bickering over a chunk of land covering the villages of Waiga, Bugana, Kichoke and Kataleba in Buliisa District.

In December 2012, ethnic clashes broke out at Runga landing site in Hoima District between the Alur and cattle keepers.

The clashes reportedly resulted from a dispute over land which is also adjacent to the oil sites in the Albertine grabben.

Three people were killed, 25 huts burnt and scores of people sustained injuries in that clash.


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