According to Komakech, their vehicles which include, the crane mounted truck registration numbers UAF 422B and another trailer registration number UBB 826X / UAL 210X have since been impounded while three other suspects, whom he declined to name are now held in police custody.
William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner told Uganda Radio Network-URN in an earlier interview that the suspects will be handed over to South Sudan authorities upon the completition of their investigations. According to Komakech, the handover of the suspects is a good gesture towards promoting peace among the two countries and people occupying the international boundaries.
The equipment worth over 32,000 US dollars that were stolen includes 23 gate valves, 18 adapters flanges, 6 T-flanges and 8 taper flanges while 9 manhole inspection covers have since been vandalized by yet unknown people.
The Aswa River Region police Spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema confirmed that the cameras have not been working due to missing configuration of its signals from the antennas that subsequently is sent to the system’s control rooms.
Fifth Infantry Division Commander Brig William Bainomugisha says the frequent incursion of bandits from South Sudan into Uganda is a result of a large number of illegal guns in the hands of locals following the long civil unrest.
The Deputy Director of Criminal Investigations Directorate, Francis Olugu told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the claims that Gen Lokech was behind Otto’s arrest are false. Olugu notes that the cases against Otto occurred between 2018 and 2019 before Gen Lokech joined the Uganda Police Force.
The suspect identified as Raymond Akena reportedly killed the baby during a fight with his ex-wife Vicky Akanyo from her home, in Kaolo Cell, Namokora Sub-county, where she had married another man. Akena is said to have hit the boy’s head on the ground on Sunday morning.
Without mentioning names, Lokech castigated the alleged involvement of some RDCs, DPCs and politicians who were using their positions to exploit and abate illegal logging of endangered tree species in the Acholi Sub region without recognizing the diverse impacts of environmental degradation.
The Chairperson of the School Management Committee Samuel Ochola alleges that the school headteacher Patrick Omal reportedly forged his signature and that of the treasurer to withdraw the said funds in two separate transactions from the school bank account.
Lokung Sub County LC V Councilor, David Ocan Kasisi says they swung into action after receiving a tip-off from concerned residents indicating that close to over 200 none residents led by Habib Mwanje had pitched camp in the bushes in Omuwa and were indiscriminately destroying the natural forest cover.
Alfred Akubo, the Kitgum District Drug Inspector disclosed this during a stakeholder’s engagement convened by the National Drug Authority (NDA) to sensitize the public, drug shop owners and pharmacists on compliance and standards.
The investigation is being headed by the Commissioner of Police Francis Olugu, who is overseeing electoral ffences in Acholi Sub-region. It stems from a complaint raised by incumbent Lamwo District Woman Legislator Molly Lanyero.
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.
The Orom Sub County LC III Chairperson, Qurino Olum, says the thugs broke into the production department offices where NIRA often charges its equipment. He says the thugs made off with an unspecified number of national identity cards, a laptop, an external battery and charger that were being in the ongoing distribution of the IDs.
According to Bishop Kitara, under the campaign the over 600 clergy, catechists and lay leaders affiliated to the diocese that covers Lamwo, Pader, Agago and Kitgum district will visit homesteads to raise awareness against Gender Based Violence.
Julius Peter Otto, the Omiya Anyima Sub-county LCIII Chairperson, who ordered for the arrest of the suspect, says he got a tip-off from concerned residents who had sighted him selling textbooks in bars on separate occasions.
Rose Anena, a farmer in Lokung Sub County in Lamwo district is one of the farmers who fell victim to the theft of approximately 1,800 kilograms of simsim. According to Anena, thieves raid their gardens mainly in the night or when it is raining.