NEBBI. The increasing cases of mob action in Nebbi district has prompted authorities to seek the help of local Chiefs to fight the vice in the district.

Five cases of murder by mob action were recorded by police in January this year and are said to have happened within one week which has made district leaders get concerned.

Police says the majority of the murder cases are related to accusations of witchcraft, land wrangles, and theft among others.

According to Mr. Bob Williams Labeja, the resident district commissioner (RDC), the killings have become so common and as a result, he asked local Chiefs to start sensitizing their subjects not to take the law into their hands.

“Mob action has become so common in the district and I urge the traditional leaders to talk to their people because murder is against the law and if anyone is arrested, he or she has to face the consequences,” he said.

By designation, the RDC is the head of security in the district.

Speaking during a recent meeting, Labeja noted that a number of people including youths have been arrested in connection with the murders and are currently in detention in Koch government prison in Nebbi district.

Mr. Bob Opio, the Attorney General of Alur Kingdom said the killings are seasonal and do happen at the beginning and end of the year when people are redundant due to the dry season.

“As Ker Alur, we have limited capacity and so there is nothing much the Kingdom can do but we urge the civil society organizations and the local government to help the Chiefs build their capacities since they have a lot of influence in the community and are obeyed," he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. William Opar, the Chief of Ocego admitted that while the Kingdom used to permit the killing of wizards and murderers long time ago, they were only given a lease of life if they sought for refuge in the palace but they were then banished by the Chief.

“This tradition has continued up to date and that is why these killings are continuing but they are not good. We have a plan to start this sensitization even on radios because it is against the law of Uganda and we cannot allow our youths to go to prison on crimes that can be prevented,” Opar said.