Joel Ogal 54, the LCV Councilor for Lapono sub-county was arrested on Friday from Kalongo Town Council. He is accused of raping a female resident of Akado West Parish in Kalongo Town Council who had gone to seek medical attention from his clinic on Thursday.
The Police in Agago District are holding a district councilor
accused of raping a 23-year-old female patient.
Joel Ogal 54, the LCV Councilor for Lapono sub-county was
arrested on Friday from Kalongo Town Council.
He is accused of raping a female resident of Akado West Parish in Kalongo Town Council who had gone to seek medical attention from his clinic on Thursday.
The victim told police in her statement at Patongo Central Police
Station that on the fateful day, she had pain in the cervix and went to Ogal’s clinic
to seek medical treatment.
She notes that at the clinic, Ogal ushered her into the patient’s
room for medical examination which was successfully accomplished.
Acele however says that while waiting for the diagnosis, the suspect excused himself and returned with a bottle of soda for her to drink as a gesture of kindness.
Acele says she accepted the soda but after taking it, she started
falling asleep and only regained her cautiousness in the examination room where
she had been left.
She suspects the soda was laced with sedatives before Ogal
raped her without her knowledge.
The Officer in Charge of Patongo Central Police Station Yunus
Sebirumbi confirmed receiving the complaint and notes that the suspect is in their custody.
He says the investigation into the allegation has commenced adding that
once its complete, the file will be forwarded to the Resident State Attorney for advice.
A case of rape has since been registered at Patongo Central Police Station under reference CRB63/12/2021.
The suspect was the former secretary for health and finance in
Agago District Local Government. He was however dismissed in April 2019 among other district executives on allegations of indiscipline.
He also recently lost his bid for the LClll chairperson position
in Lapono sub-county where he contested as an independent candidate. Ogal was defeated by Mathew Lagen, a National Resistance Movement party candidate who garnered 1,549 votes against his 1,202 votes.
Bureau Chief, East Acholi