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COURT OKAYS EXHUMATION OF 60 BODIES FROM GULU LOGISTIC HUB

By Christopher Nyeko

GULU: Gulu Chief Magistrate Court has given green light to the families of the former railway workers to remove 60 remains of their beloved former railway workers from Gulu logistic hub.

The bodies were laid to rest in the railway station in the years between 1985 to early 2009 during the peaks of the Lord Resistance Army war.

Denish Acellam Chairperson Layibi Godown cell in Bardege Layibi Gulu city division told ugreports that the court has this month of April 2022 has issued the order giving them green light to exhume the bodies hence prompting compensations of 60 families of the deceased shillings amounting to 780, 000 shillings for each body.

According to Acellam, the compensation is meant to facilitate the process of exhumation and relocation of remains as well as repay for disturbances of the dead people according to the Acholi cultural belief known as gwaro orup. He revealed that the body will be reburied in a mass grave in Gulu city cemetery.

He said that the obunto construction limited whom the contract was awarded to dig away with the graveyard which was lying in the piece of land measuring 30 x 30 meters causing loss of the identity of the individual laid to rest there.

The politician however revealed that following the court order, the ministry of works and transport have already compensated 33 families and each of them have received in their account seven hundred eighty thousands shilling to help in the process of exhumation.

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”Other families have not been able to receive the compensation because of faulty in their account but have been directed to work on their account,” he told ugreports.

The committee is now seeking an excavator to exhume the remains and take them to Gulu city as soon as the remaining people have been compensated.

He said the process will be held in a Christian’s way only through prayer then the body will be taken to their final resting comforts.

We have already prayed but on that day the clergy will hold a final prayer service for blessing and cleansing as believed by Acholi cultural practice.

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