David Okao, the LCI Chairperson of Ayom-jeri village says that Obote has been living with his six children in the house after separating with his wife but residents were griped into shock after learning that he has been defiling his own daughter.
It is alleged that the torture victim was arbitrarily made to pay one cow and three goats as fines for stealing a mobile phone worth 35,000 shillings, which prompted him to run to court seeking justice.
Robert Olinga Otolo, the Akokoro sub county LC III chairperson, blames residents for ignoring several warnings to vacate the disputed land. He says at least 400 people have been evicted amidst protests.
Sam Abwon, the area LC I Chairperson, says the suspect has since confessed to the crime. This boy Okori has become a drug addict and habitual drunkard in the village we hope the law will help us with him, he said.
Prosecution led by Jacinta Kkaya, the Apac Resident State Attorney told court that on February 22, 2016, while at Acwao cell in Nambieso Sub County, Opio was found bribing voters with Shillings 1000 on behalf of Bob Okae, one of the candidates for the Apac LC V chairpersons seat.
Apac District Inspector of School Margaret Okunyu, has been charged with attempted murder. Her husband, Billy Okunyu, who is the Apac District Education office, was arrested last week on charges of rape and attempted murder of their house-help.
But on Friday evening, Lira High court issued a temporary order barring the district security, Central North regional police commander Richard Aruk Maruk, Attorney General and Apac district council from forcefully evicting the residents.
During a session presided over by Lira High Court registrar, Cissy Mudhasi, the authorities have been ordered to stay the planned eviction pending another decision by the court.
About 1500 residents living at Maruzi ranch in Akokoro Sub County, Apac district, are demanding a compensation of 1.5 billion shillings from the government for alleged torture. The residents claim that on January 2, 2012, they were tortured and harassed by a group of game rangers under the command of Apac Resident District Commissioner Justin Kasibante.