According to Longole, the trio was lynched around 4 pm on Saturday on suspicion of being cattle thieves. “By the time police and the army reached the scene of crime, all the three people were already dead,” he said.
Presiding over the celebrations, Rt. Rev. Sabino Ochan Odoki, the Bishop of Arua Diocese said the Basilica is a special gift from God for the diocese of Arua, Uganda and Africa as a whole. Bishop Sabino urged Christians to pray and uphold their faith in the Blessed Virgin Mary who intercedes for the universal church.
The ceremony started with a procession through Laguti Sub County and followed by a thanksgiving prayer which was led by the Anglican Bishop of Kitgum Diocese Wilson Kitara among other clergy from different denominations.
More than 1,500 people from different walks of lives were in attendance at the open ground in Laguti Primary School.
On Saturday evening, the youth stationed on all routes leading to Fort Portal city with the placards. Some of the placards called on members of the public to wear masks properly, others advised people to avoid crowds while others carried messages encouraging hand washing and social distancing.
The notable absentees in the squad include goal keeper Salim Jamal who has been deputizing Denis Onyango on the team, Joseph Ochaya, Nicholas Wadada, Khalid Aucho, Farouk Miya and Kizito Luwagga, all these were part of the recent Uganda Cranes that played in the Afcon qualifiers.
Ibrahim Saad, who survived an elephant attack, last week says that his two acres of soya garden have been destroyed by stray elephants. He says UWA staff takes time to respond to community calls, something he thinks can be resolved by establishing more rangers outposts across the park.
Chrystelle Jocquet, the Belgian Development Agency Resident representative in Uganda, says that the intervention will address key gaps like the teaching of theory, which has left many school leavers jobless.