African Culture, Blood-Money & Death Penalty

First, as a Pan-Africanist, I celebrate the strength of African-Ugandan cultures, to the extent that they were not completely erased by English colonization of our people and territory. Evidence of my assertion, for example, is the modern day application of the Acholi First Nation Justice System on Matthew Kanyamunyu, an accused that is not of… Continue reading African Culture, Blood-Money & Death Penalty

Acholi Reconciliation Justice

The media as been abuzz with commentary that was ignited by photos of Matthew Kanyamunyu, while he was at the ancestral home of Kenneth Watmon Akena (RIP), the man he is accused of killing, showing him seemingly going through rituals that are part of Acholi reconciliation justice. Kenneth Watom Akena (RIP) It is fascinating how… Continue reading Acholi Reconciliation Justice

Mato Oput – Acholi Justice System

Mato Oput, which in the Acholi language literally means "to drink a bitter potion made from the leaves of the ‘oput’ tree" is one of the mechanisms for forgiveness and reconciliation among the Acholi people in Northern Uganda. The drinking of this bitter herb means that the two conflicting parties accept the bitterness of the… Continue reading Mato Oput – Acholi Justice System