Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner, says two weeks ago, armed South Sudanese shot dead a UPDF officer only identified as Lance Corporal Oketch in a gun fire exchange after they illegally entered Uganda.
On Wednesday, a delegation from the Ugandan side led by the Mayor Koboko Municipality Wilson Sanya and the Regional Police Commander Aswa Steven Kaija received the bodies at Elegu Border point in Amuru District at 6:30 pm.
According to information obtained by URN, Ojok and his relatives paid dowry and an unspecified amount of money to the teenager’s family in exchange for her hand in marriage. The family of the girl reportedly accepted the request on Friday evening and handed over the girl to Ojok for marriage in accordance with the Acholi culture.
According to Akule, the rustles were struggling to cross Unyama river into South Sudan by the time they intercepted and chased them away. He notes that none of the rustlers was arrested in the operation that ended by 7:00AM on Monday morning.
Police has attributed most of the cases to domestic violence and land disputes. By 3rd of March this year, Kitgum had recorded 9 cases followed by Agago district with 7, and Amuru 4. Other district recorded less murders with Gulu district at 3, Gulu City and Nwoya recording 2 each while Omoro and Pader districts recorded one cases each.
The suspects are residents of Pakiri hill in Lamogi Sub County, where the Chinese farm operates a stone quarry. They were demonstrating against the activities of the firm at the stone quarry at Pakiri hill, which they say has caused extensive damage to their houses.
A recent murder case was reported to police on Sunday in Agago where an eighteen-year-old girl identified as Collins Acayo, a Senior two student of Adilang Secondary School in Agago, was discovered dead in the bush with a slit throat. Police report indicates that the deceased was allegedly murdered during a revenge attack in an interfamily feud.
The arrest of the suspects brings to four, the number of people arrested in connection to the murder. The others are Richard Okello and Johnson Oryema who were arrested last week and remanded by the court on murder charges.
Although the burnt sugarcane can still be used, Kidega says they lose their juice after some time, hence, the need to expediate its harvest. He reveals that the management of the company also plans to buy fresh sugarcane to improve the quality of the final product.
Dan Kidega, the Chairman Board Atiak Sugar Plantation told URN on Thursday that the recruitment targets 1,000 causal workers across all the districts in Northern Uganda and that the exercise shall be conducted within five days starting on December 31st in a bid to save the remaining plantation.
According to Oceng, upon a search, they found 6 solar panels in the house of Onung, an LCIII councilor, 3 panels in the house of Okot, chairperson of business community and 1 panel in the house of Loum, the LCI chairperson.
Brigadier Bonny Bamwiseki, the Gulu 4th Division Commander said there was no need for a checkpoint and security detach. He says the checkpoint was instead breeding insecurity and affecting the peaceful co-existence of the locals in the area.
Mauriam Abwola, the Apaa Village LC I Chairperson, says the shooting followed a scuffle between the driver only identified as Opio, UWA and UPDF soldiers who had ordered him to offload some of the charcoal from his truck registration number UAU 932G.
Christopher Anywar says they woke up to the yelling of members of the affected houses on Tuesday morning. Anywar, who is part of those opposed to the land deal, says they are now living in fear of being attacked by the unidentified people.
Okot Oruk, the Labala Parish LC II Chairperson, says following Oyet’s death, a group of youth from Pachedo clan deceased to invade members of Palwong Pa Boro clan where Abito hails from and torched 18 houses, looted 151 sacks of rice, 32 sacks of beans and millet and an unspecified number of animals.
Michael Lakony, the LCV Chairperson Amuru says in most cases, the suspects use illegal stamps to stamp illegal receipts to give passage for the charcoals and animals including cattle and goats across the Nile to Nebbi district from Amuru district.
Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Amuru Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says they received complaints from Oloyotong and Omer 1 trading centers in Amuru Sub County indicating that police officers often stage roadblocks in the area where they extort money for illegal charcoal dealers.