William Komakech, the Oyam Resident District Commissioner blamed the deprecating cultural setting on land grabbing perpetrated by children, and relatives/in-laws against parents and widows respectively.
The gunshot victims have been identified as 19 years old Kizito Isaac Okola, a resident of Olangit "A" village in Ogwete Sub-County in Otuke District, 25 years old Innocent Obwol, a boda-bada rider within Loro Town Council, and RA 278021 PTE Emmanuel Okello, a UPDF soldier who was simply passing by.
During the five-day compliance enforcement operation conducted in six districts of Apac, Alebtong, Kole, Oyam, Lira District and City, 216 drug outlets that were either operating without licenses or with unqualified personnel were closed and 268 boxes of assorted medicine were recovered.
Speaking during a training session for over 250 government labor inspectors and leaders from 41 districts in Northern Uganda, Amongi stated that these officials will be responsible for conducting routine workplace inspections to assess employment contracts and ensure that employers are remitting workers' savings to the NSSF.
"Preliminary findings indicate that the accident was caused by the reckless driving of the trailer driver, who veered out of his lane and collided with the motorcycle
rider on the right side of the road. The driver of the trailer abandoned the vehicle after the accident and is currently at large," he said.
Otuko Apio was declared the winner of the by- elections from Oyam District headquarters by the Oyam district returning officer Richard Onoba. She garnered 15,718 representing 49.12 per- cent of the total votes cast defeating her closest rival Samuel Engola Okello of National Resistance Movement (NRM) who got 15,161 votes representing 47.38%.
Walter Waco, the Presiding officer at Wanglobo Primary School told his supervisor that the gangsters came in a police patrol vehicle and demanded for five booklets which they took, each containing names of 50 voters ticked and brought them back to the box.
Speaking at the last campaign rally in Iceme Town Council on Tuesday, Museveni praised the late Engola for his leadership, promotion of peace, and dedication to development. He emphasized the need for a vibrant leader like Engola in Oyam North.
Four other aspirants who picked the nomination forms including Queen Dorothy Amolo and Willy Omodo Kagere, both independent NRM-leaning, Peter Emuna, an independent, and Ishaa Otto Amiza, the former Oyam South MP didn’t show up for the nominations.
During a media briefing at the end of the first day of nominations on Monday, Paul Bukenya, the EC Spokesperson, cautioned the candidates against engaging in campaigns before coordinating their activities with the EC, as such actions often lead to chaos and disruptions.
Betty Aol Ochan, the Gulu City Woman MP and former Leader of Opposition in the 10th Parliament emphasized the importance of allowing Oyam North voters to freely choose their leader without any influence from security forces.
Willy Omodo-Omodo, one of the candidates, has called for unity among all aspirants to foster reconciliation among the people of Oyam. He emphasized that whoever is elected must prioritize the interests of the community.
Owiny-Dollo argued that the late Okello Engola fought for peace and development and it is important for the government to introduce coffee and other cash crops which can elevate the economic status of the North in his memory.
Army chaplains are non-combatants who attend to the spiritual needs of the soldiers. They are supposed to provide for the spiritual well-being of soldiers and their families and also offer moral guidance among other roles that could also include caring for enemy combatants.