ZOMBO. The office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has donated relief items to the locals of Pakic clan who were recently displaced by violent clashes over land in Atyak sub-county, Zombo district.
The relief items donated include; posho, beans, cassava flour, tarpaulins and Jerrycans.
They were handed over to 145 affected households with each receiving 25kgs of posho or cassava flour, 10kgs of beans, one tarpaulin and a Jerrycan.
While delivering the items at Atyak health centre II on Thursday, Ms Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny, the state minister for Northern Uganda who doubles as the Zombo district woman Member of Parliament (MP) urged the communities to always avoid violence.
She said violence usually leads to destruction and at the end of the day, vulnerable people like women and children are the ones to suffer.
“What I have brought today is from the office of the Prime Minister and it should not be politicized because it is meant to support the displaced people who cried to the government for help,” Kwiyucwiny said.
Ms Eunice Masendi, 32, one of the beneficiaries and a mother of four said the relief has come timely since they have been suffering in the cold with children.
She said now they can erect some temporary structures as they look for grass for their burnt huts.
“I am happy that the government has listened to our cry and brought for us something. At least today my family will have a good meal,” Masendi said.
Mr David Amayo, the Atyak sub-county chairman said the clash left over 500 people of Agoro village homeless with their plantations destroyed yet they used to supply the neighbouring sub-counties with food.
“The kingdom needs to resolve the issue between the two brothers so that peace can prevail in Pakic clan. The entire community cannot continue suffering because of two people,” he said.
But Mr Vincent Ochaya Orach, the Alur Kingdom Prime Minister clarified that the only chief of Pakic is Mr Muzamil Olarker not his brother, Mr Saidi Rashid who is currently on run for fuelling the conflict. Ochaya said Rashid will be arrested to pay for his crime.
“We shall not allow impersonators in chiefdoms to continue disorganizing our peaceful kingdom and that is why we are looking for Rashid and his accomplices to be brought to book,” he said.
Meanwhile His Majesty Phillip Olaker Rauni III, the king of Alur said he was not happy with the ongoing fight among his people especially on matters related to land.
Olarker said it has come to his notice that there are so many people entering Pakic clan illegally to burn charcoal which is causing the fight.
“From today, there is no charcoal burning on my kingdom land in Pakic and any person who shall be got there will be arrested and the charcoal confiscated,” Olarker ordered.