Acholi chief speaks after naked women protest


One of the women who undressed in front of Aronda and Migereko (Photo credit:


The series of nude protests staged in Amuru district in recent past by women undermine their dignity, the Paramount Chief of Acholi ethnic group says.

His highness Rwot David Onen Achana II, the Paramount Chief of Acholi condemned the displays of private parts in public and said those who instigated the protests must apologise to members of the public for degrading mothers.

He said the protests has human rights implications that is highly punishable by law and norms of the ethnic group.

Speaking in Kitgum Wednesday morning, Rwot Achana said for women to strip naked in public in broad day light is a strong abomination in the culture of Acholi people.

He said women only strip naked to disgrace people in situation where peaceful means have failed to resolve the standoff.

A group of women, some in their sixties, stripped naked before two government ministers and hundreds of people in Apaa village in Pabbo Sub County in Amuru district last weekend.

They were protesting a planned demarcation of a disputed boundary between Amuru and Adjumani district.

Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima had accompanied Lands Minister Daudi Migereko and government land surveyors to demarcate the disputed boundary.

According to the women, the demarcation would extend the boundary of Adjumani district to deprive them by an estimated 40 square kilometers of land.

Some elders in Acholi ethnic groups agree with the paramount chief.

Ongaya Acellam, an elder in Ker Kwaro Acholi, the tribe’s cultural institution says women stripping naked invoke a curse too serious to be taken lightly.

He says traditionally the curse can only be reversed by a cleansing ritual.

Rwot Achana blames bad politics in the region for the nude protests and spontaneous wailing synonymous with funerals.

Achana urged the politicians to desist from using women to achieve their selfish gains.

But Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak County MP, largely believed to have been behind the protests says the people based their fears on history.

According to Olanya, in February 2012, security personnel commanded by Assistant Inspector General of Police Grace Turyagumanawe brutalised people and burned hundreds of huts in Apaa.

He says the women feared a repeat of the brutality upon seeing deployment.


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