Arapdison Malinga, the Suam Sub County district councilor was picked by police shortly after the murder of Chepukuto Wilfred a police officer attached to Anti Stock Theft Unit (ASTU)
Police in Bukwo is holding a district councilor for allegedly
being part of the group that killed a police officer on Thursday last week.
Arapdison Malinga, the Suam Sub County district councilor was
picked by police shortly after the murder of Wilfred Chepukuto, a police officer
attached to Anti Stock Theft Unit (ASTU).
It is alleged that unknown people attacked Chepukuto on
Thursday evening at his home in Saptate village, Cheboi parish, Bukwo sub county
and stubbed him to death.
According to Police, the deceased was killed because he has
been at the fore front of giving information on the core criminals in the
Rogers Taitika, the Sipi Regional Police spokesperson told
URN that investigations in the murder of the police officer linked Arapdison
and he was arrested and charged of murder.
He said that police is still investigating and more people
are still wanted for murder.
“we have arrested the district councilor for Suam district councilor
in connection with the death of our officer and we are still looking for more
people,” said Taitika.
Tom Chesol, the Resident District Commissioner of Bukwo told
Uganda Radio Network that the councilor was arrested because is reckless
with words and usually castigates violence in the community.
He said that the security is still investigating circumstances
that led to the death of the police officer, but hastened to add that information
from locals indicated that the police officer was killed because he has been
helping UWA officials to arrest locals.
“It is said that the officer handed over a list of names of
locals to UWA which they have been using to arrest people, that is why they
killed him, but even that was the cause, that doesn’t warrant the death of an
officer” Chesol said.
URN has learnt that the murder of Chepukuto is connected to
the death of two people who were killed last month after conflicts between UWA and
Sam Cherop, a resident of Kaptolongi Village in Cheboi
Parish, was reportedly shot dead by a UWA ranger and the residents also beat up
a senior game ranger identified as Samson Dhwerera, attached to UWA station in
He succumbed to injuries that he sustained after the beating.
Residents in Bukwo district have been at loggerheads with
Uganda Wild Life Authority over park boundaries. The residents accuse UWA and the army of using excessive
force to keep them away from their ancestral land.
Bureau Chief Elgon/Bukedi
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.