Leaders and residents in Acholi have eulogized the Late Maj Santos
Okot Lapolo, the Resident District Commissioner of Gulu who succumbed to
COVID-19 pandemic, on Saturday.
Lapolo died from the National Referral Hospital Mulago in Kampala. He was laid
to rest on Monday at his ancestral home in Ojorongole village in Lunganyura
Parish, Orom Sub-County, Kitgum Municipality.
Dr John Baptist Odama, the Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese in his condolence
message through the Vicar General Msgr. Matthew Odong interceded the Lord
to reward him for all the accomplishments during his service the people of
Moses Ogwang, the Police Community Liaison Officer - CLO in Gulu says he
benefitted tremendously from the seniority and guidance of the late RDC who was
committed to the service of humanity as the President’s representative in the
Gulu LCV Chairperson Martin Ojara Mapenduzi described Late Lapolo as a great
man and a true patriot who cherished unity and prioritized the
security of the Acholi people.
Fiona Ladwar, a journalist expressed shock over the sudden passing of Lapolo
who is remembered for encouraging sons and daughters of Acholi to join security
forces to ensure peace and security in the country.
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Maj Telesphor Turyamumanya, the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson, says that the
deceased was a senior citizen who was considered a mentor, creative, courteous
and flexible officer who lived a selfless life for others.
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Lapolo’s last official appearance was at Sir Samuel Baker School
on December 29th where he officiated the passing out of 399 Special Police
Constables - SPCs deployed to provide security in the forthcoming general
However, there were moments during his service that he was involved in
controversies that included declining to hand over his office to Mwaka Emmanuel
Lutukumoi in 2015. At the time, Lutukumoi was serving as Deputy RDC in Lira
District was promoted the RDC Kitgum by President Yoweri Museveni.
In September 2020, a security guard attached to Gulu College of Health Sciences
sought justice after he accused Lapolo of slapping him severally. He had he
declined to open the gate of the College which was used at a treatment center
when a COVID-19 patient over space limitations.
In 2007, as the then RDC of Pader ordered for the caning of Lonzio Odora, a
Religious Education teacher at Patongo Primary School in then Agago County
after the RDC caught him red-handed administering corporal punishment to
pupils. He later apologized for his actions.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.