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Kapchorwa Magistrate Denies Pulling Pistol in Drunken Brawl

"It's true I have my pistol which I acquired legally but I have never and I will never misuse it because I know the consequences of misusing firearms," said Magistrate Teko Lokeris.
13 Sep 2021 14:16



The chief magistrate of Kapchorwa Teko Lokeris has described his arrest by police in Moroto as political.

Mr Teko was arrested on Saturday night by police on allegations of drawing a pistol and attempting to shoot at one of the men he developed quarrel  with while drinking at Mt Moroto hotel.

The chief magistrate was held in Moroto central police station until Monday when he was given police bond.

After he was released on police bond,  Teko dismissed and described the allegations about attempting to shoot a person as malicious.

Teko, who is the son to the state minister for minerals and the member of parliament for Chakwii county in Nakapiripirit district Peter Lokeris, told the media that it is not the first time he is being attacked by the same person who happens to be his relative.

"This brother of my has continued attacking me whenever he meets me,  claiming it is me with my other brothers who have made my father continue being in parliament," he said.

The magistrate admits that it is true he owns a pistol which is licensed but that he never pulled it out to point at anyone.

"It's true I have my pistol which I acquired legally but I have never and I will never misuse it because I know the consequences of misusing firearms," he said. "What they are saying in the media is just malice with an intention making me lose my job."

Mr Kaunda Nyesigire the district police commander for Moroto says the police will continue with the investigations into the matter.

Ms Veronica Nakut a witness who saw what took place at Mt Moroto Hotel defended the chief magistrate saying he never pulled any gun, adding that he was carrying his gun around the waist.

"I remember seeing the chief magistrate wearing his gun on his waist belt but not pointing at any one," she said.

Joseph Lopuke a resident who was also drinking at the hotel advised the chief magistrate to desist from getting involved in such kinds of fracas.

"If I was Mr Teko I would even stop drinking because mixing himself with people who may end up appearing before him in his court will not help his reputation," Lopuke said.

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