The family of the woman who was shot dead by Police
in Lokitelaebu Town Council in Kotido district on Thursday is demanding
The late Annet Ajok was gunned down during a
protest protests in Lokitelebu where residents had barricaded Kotido-Abim Road
paralyzing traffic for several hours.
Police used live bullets to disperse rowdy
residents who were protesting the arrest of 18 women accused of torching the
house of Denis Robert Okurut, a witch-doctor whom they accused of preventing
rainfall in the area.
There is a belief among the Jie that some
people can prevent rainfall. Women normally storm the home of the suspect and
either beat or lynch them.
Faustino Okidi, an elder brother to the late
Ajok wants government to pay at least Shillings 20 million to support the
deceased’s family of eight children.
Okidi says his sister, who was hit by a
bullet released by unidentified police officer attached to Kotido Central
Police Station, was the bread winner for the family of 10.
He explains that the family has remained vulnerable
since her sister’s husband has physical disability.
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Apollo Kyangungu, the Kotido District Police Commander, says
Ajok was hit by a stray bullet, adding that they are working round the clock to
see the family compensated.
He however, didn’t specify how much compensation
they expect to pay the family.