This was after less than a hundred locals joined a procession to welcome FDC party president Patrick Amuriat Oboi and four time FDC party presidential candidate Rtd Col Dr Kizza Besigye in Pandwong Division.
Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, William Komakech, said it’s the responsibility of the South Sudan government to ensure that the suspects are prosecuted but reiterated that handing over guns intercepted in a sovereign state is illegal. “We have done our part in capturing; detaining and now we have handed over the culprits back to you. It’s up to you to prosecute them or let them go free,” said Komakech.
Two of the suspects were arrested from Palabek Ogili sub-county in Lamwo district armed with two guns and grenades while 13 were apprehended in Orom sub-county Sub-county in Kitgum district armed with five guns.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson says for the first time, the new year celebration in Acholi sub-region went on peacefully without crimes like murder, rape, and grave assault among others reported to the police.
The suspects, all residents of Ikotos County in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatorial State were arrested by Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF soldiers on December 20, from Okuti parish in Orom Sub County
His remarks come just two days after the US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo issued a statement indicating that the US is closely paying attention to the actions of some individuals seeking to impede the democratic processes in Uganda ahead of the 2021 general elections.
According to Lt. Col Akiiki, when the army received information from residents, UPDF troops moved from Ngomoromo to Ted Nagwe on a fact-finding mission but met resistance from the SSPDF soldiers who opened fire at them.
The armed police officers were deployed as early as 7 am around the precincts of the district headquarters. Numerous roadblocks were mounted some 100 meters in various road intersections leading to the nomination venue.
The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, William Komakech told URN in an interview that the deceased was part of two other armed warriors who had invaded Kamading village on the fateful morning from Kotido district.
The locals who had participated in the NRM primary elections in Lalekan polling station in Kiteny village demanded to get all Kiteny sub-county results from the presiding officer to enable them to understand the results between incumbent Chua East legislator Henry Okello Oryem and Godfrey Luwo who was reportedly leading in most polling stations.
Tony Olanya Olenge, the People Power movement/NUP Regional Coordinator for Acholi Sub-region says they have now decided to open their offices, with or without approval from the RDC, to serve their supporters who have no permanent address to meet for party activities.
Tony Olanya Olenge, the people power movement/ NUP Regional Coordinator for Acholi told URN in an interview that they officially wrote to the district security and expected to have their office opened. However, he adds, their efforts have been frustrated.
The warriors reportedly raided Agoromin village in Lolwa Parish at about 5 pm on Monday evening and looted 60 animals belonging to Calvin Ocaya, a livestock farmer in the area. 26 of the looted animals were Freshian while 34 were local breeds, security personnel reported.