An FDC Member of Parliament on Saturday survived lynching by residents opposed to the annexation of Palorinya Sub-county to Obongi District.
Obongi County MP Hassan Kaps Fungaroo had gone to Igbua Village in Palorinya Sub-county to meet his female supporters and deliver his previous pledges.
However, some residents, who want Palorinya to remain under Moyo District, charged at the MP before he sought refuge in his car and drove off. The residents then descended on the plastic chairs that he had brought and vandalized them. They even stoned the truck that had brought them.
This drew fury from another faction that wants the newly created sub-county, which currently hosts over 100,000 refugees from South Sudan, to remain in Obongi.
They turned on their opponents and burnt down several houses. In the ensuing exchange that involved use of bows and arrows, at least three people were injured.
Moyo District Police Commander Stephen Agaba said three people have since been taken into custody over the violence.
“There were four houses burnt by the arsonists and the two people shot with arrows are nursing injuries but there was no death registered and the situation is under control,” Mr Agaba said.
“We are planning to bring more forces on ground to calm the situation because the locals have left their homes in fears of more attacks. We are still getting conflicting reports from the both communities accusing each other of inciting violence but we will not allow any more violence,” he added.
When contacted, MP Fungaroo claimed that State Minister for Primary Health Care Joyce Moriku is fanning the violence as she wants Palorinya to remain in Moyo.
“Minister Moriku should stop inciting the people because we do not need violence and the people of Palorinya should not be divided,” he said.
However, Ms Moriku dismissed the claims and urged police to remain the MP. “Fungaroo should be arrested. The people of Palorinya have petitioned the Minister of Local Government that they want to be under Moyo District. Why should MP Fungaroo mobilise the youth with arrows to come and attack. Palorinya as for us now is not even in Obongi or Moyo?” she said.
“We are not fighting over refugees; we need the decision to be made. The communities should remain united and denounce acts of a leader who divides people,” the minister added.