The LCI Chairperson for Tegwana Parish, Geoffrey Onekalit says that members of his executive and four others from the Gulu district coronavirus taskforce were distributing 300 bags of dried cassava pieces and thousands of fresh cassava when the residents turned rowdy and attacked the distribution team.
Betty Aciro, 48, from Pece Cubu Sub-Ward in Pece Division told URN that she was compelled to petition the district for food aid because they she has now missed out her medication for three days due to lack of food.
The affected group came up earlier to cry for help, saying many of them were starving and pleaded to be classified as a vulnerable group that needs to be considered for urgent food relief. The group also threatened to name and shame leaders who benefit from their illicit trade, who have abandoned them at their time of need.
Thomas Oboma, Chairperson of Northern Boda-Boda Association that has over 25,000 membership disclosed that dozens of their members have opted to auction their motorcycles to enable meet their family demands; service bank and group loans.
Area leaders have observed that wetlands across the divisions have been sold, reclaimed and encroached upon by residents without proper regulations. Many of the encroachers allegedly say that the swamplands are not well defined.
In Gulu and neighboring Pader, Kitgum, Amuru and Nwoya districts, numerous scholarship schemes existed during the armed insurgency offered by non-governmental organizations like Invisible Children, Window Trust, Acholi Education Initiative and Comboni Samaritans of Gulu among others but such initiatives ended when the organizations scaled down their operations.
Ezekiel Emitu, the Aswa River Region Police Commander- RPC, says the latest victim of the attacks is 29-year-old Benedict Okumu. He was hit with a blunt object on August 25th, 2019. He succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the attack at St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor on August 31.
According to police, Komakech lost control of the vehicle while trying to dodge a Sahara Pickup registration UAD 874N at Layibi, Layibi Division being driven by Isaac Wawiyala, a business man in Gulu town who made an unexpected turn along Gulu-Kampala highway.
Jackson Ojok, the Aywee village LC1 chairperson, says the thugs trailed Ongom to his home and hacked him with a machete to severally on the head living him for dead before vanishing off with his Bajaj motorcycle registration number UEX 626Q.