Elakas is accused of assaulting a voter, Charles Robert Opus, a resident of Abela village, Getom sub-county in Katakwi District at Akello restaurant in Katakwi on February 10th, 2018 over a land dispute.
The Grade One Magistrate’s Court in Katakwi has issued a warrant
of arrest for Walter Elakas Okiring, the LCV Chairperson of Katakwi.
Elakas is accused of assaulting a voter, Charles Robert Opus, a resident of
Abela village, Getom sub-county in Katakwi District at Akello restaurant in
Katakwi on February 10, 2018 over a land dispute. Although the
court hearing commenced on January 15, 2019, Elakas has been skipping court
He was expected in court on Tuesday but didn’t appear. His sureties including
Francis Okwameri, Katakwi District Council Speaker also failed to turn up,
prompting the presiding magistrate, Paul Owino to issue a warrant of arrest.
Owino said that Elakas’s conduct is contempt of court, ordering for his arrest.
Elakas and his surety are expected in court on April 13.
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Charles Robert Opus, the complainant commended the decision of the court with
hopes that his case will finally see justice after dragging for three years.
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During NRM party primaries in September last year, Elakas was captured in a
video trying to grab a gun from his LDU escort to aim at his opponent Solomon
Ossiya Alemu. Elakas and Ossiya were contesting for the Toroma County NRM flag.
The video went viral on social media, something that prompted Elakas to keep
off the public domain for some time.
In January this year, Elakas was again seen with a pistol gun while mobilizing
for votes in Opeta village -Magoro sub-county. He was accused of shooting another
voter, Michael Ojakol.
Elakas has, however, denied all allegations linking him to the shootings during
the election period in Katakwi district.