Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa Regional Police Spokesperson told URN on Monday that reports obtained indicate that the suspect severely beat up Akoli for yet undisclosed reasons, then took the victim to Life Line Clinic in Lira City for medical attention.
Peter Ekellot, a friend who rushed to the scene of the accident, says that Abura and Ogiraileng are UPDF soldiers attached to Magoro in Katakwi district. He explains that the duo had travelled to Soroti through Omatenga- Okokorio ferry connecting Katakwi and Kumi districts through Lake Bisina to withdraw their salaries in Soroti.
Many families have since established the whereabouts of their kidnapped relatives while others have been released. For Nakibuuka, it’s a different tale as she has never heard about her sons. A Boda boda rider who drove this reporter to Nakibuuka’s home described her as welcoming after exchanging pleasantries.
Michael Longole, the Karamoja Region Police Spokesperson, says the suspects were arrested after concerned drivers in Moroto Taxi Park become suspicious when they approached them to hire a vehicle to drop the children in Ngora in Teso.
Mary Nabukenya and Florence Nakaaki, two of those affected claim that Kibi disposed of the land during the COVID19 lockdown when the government through the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development halted all kinds of land transactions.
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.
According to Nakiru, the suspect is a serial defiler who has over 10 children with different girls, adding that he has been paying his way out of trouble. “This time around we shall protest to police should they try to play around with this case,” she said.
The Acting Traffic Police Director ,Lawrence Niwabiine, says that as police they are concerned and worried about the health of their manpower that execute their daily duties in an environment that exposes them to the polluted air.
The remand home that houses child offenders from Omoro, Amuru, Nwoya, Pader, Lamwo, Agago, Oyam and Gulu currently has only six staff which include an in–charge, two Assistant Probation Officers and three guards out of the required eleven staff.
The Soroti District Woman MP, Anna Adeke, says that women were blessed to have a Speaker in the 10th Parliament (Rebecca Kadaga) who was emphasizing gender and equity. Adeke says that she is looking forward to the new leadership that she hopes will maintain the same.
On Thursday, the authority issued a notice to the public indicating that following the screening tests that were conducted early this week, one of the staff members was found positive and is currently undergoing case management.
Acellam says 50 graves belonging to 47 families that were within the project site have already been destroyed without their consents despite their earlier agreement that they should be exhumed to pave way for the works.
Joseph Akena Gonzaga, who was 9 years old at the time of the attack, recalled that he witnessed how women and men of the village wailed and begged Otti for mercy in vain. He said the rebels shot at the people indiscriminately and the memory has never vanished from his mind.