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Aswa River Region Police Records 25 Deaths in Three Months

The cause of the deaths ranges from assault; domestic violence leading to suicide, fire, drowning, land disputes and lightning.
24 Sep 2021 16:04
Aswa River Region Police Headquarters - Photo by Dominic Ochola
The Police in the Aswa River Region has registered 25 deaths in the last three months.

The cause of the deaths ranges from assault; domestic violence leading to suicide, fire, drowning, land disputes and lightning. Available statistics indicate that Gulu is topping the list with 7 cases followed by Amuru 6; Omoro 4, Pader, Lamwo, and Nwoya with two each, Agago 1 and Kitgum 1.

The latest death includes the murder of 38-year-old Raymond Ojara, a Boda Boda rider and resident of Bwona Gweno cell, Ariaga Laliga Ward, Pece - Laroo Division in Gulu city on the night of September 21.

David Ongom Mudong, the Regional Police Public Relations Officer says investigations fault Caesar Olum, a 52-year-old farmer and resident of the same area who was arrested after he had reported a case of alleged theft of cassava from his garden by Ojara.

Olum in the company of others set an ambush in the cassava garden in question and at around 5:00 am nabbed the suspected and assaulted him using sticks and electric wire cables until he became unconscious and later died.

On the same day, the body of Ketty Apiyo, a 35-year-old pork vendor was discovered near Uganda Revenue Authority offices in Atiak Town Council, Amuru District, 15 meters away from the Police Station, and local authorities suspect she was strangled by a mate.

Another death was of an infant baby who was found wrapped dead in a plastic bag and abandoned around Limo Medical & Flats, along Peter Paul Opok Road in Pece-Laroo Division in Gulu City on 9 September.

Mudong explains that among other horrific deaths includes the death of a 3-year-old girl (Lisa Aber) of Kal Centre village, Pabbo Sub-County, in Amuru on 17 August after a grass thatched house the child was sleeping in gutted fire from a burning candle.

Also, on 11 July 2021, Alphonse Oroma, a 29-year-old South Sudan refugee, resident of Zone 6, Block 5 in Palabek Settlement in Lamwo District kicked to death his 5-year-old daughter following a misunderstanding with his wife.

“Police have heightened community policing in the region, and we appeal to the general population to seek advice from next of kin, professional counsellor or local leaders and even police so that we curtail such deaths,” Ongom said. 

The 2020 Police annual crime report ranks Aswa region highest of 10 other regions of Uganda with up to 206 reported cases of murder by assault, followed by Rwizi, Wamala, Albertine and Rwenzori West among others with Elgon and Kampala Metropolitan North at the tail end.

The report indicates that overall, a total of 1,358 cases of murders as a result of assaults were reported in 2020 in the country compared to 1,773 cases reported in 2019, giving a 23.4% decrease. 

Of the figure, a total of 1,362 persons were assaulted to death, of whom, 1,022 were male adults, 204 were female adults, 82 were male juveniles and 54 were female juveniles.

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