Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson told URN that the matter is before the Resident States Attorney-RSA for legal advice.
Police is investigating the Gulu District Council Speaker,
John Okwonga over allegations of defiling his 14-year-old niece.
The case was reported on 30th May 2019 at Gulu Central Police Station by the
victim`s mother, Joan Acen the speaker`s deceased elder brother.
In her statement to police, Acen alleges that Okwonga in March
from his house in Laroo Division defiled the minor during a
party held at Okwonga's home.
A case of aggravated
defilement is being investigated at Gulu Central Police Station under CRB
On Thursday Okwonga recorded statement and was released on police
Christopher Okello, an uncle to the victim who preferred anonymity
says that the incident occurred when the victim went to pick utensils from
He alleges that Okwonga reportedly lured the victim into sexual
intercourse but cautioned her not to disclose to people what happened.
Close relatives of the family said that the minor and her mother were
living under the care of Okwonga when her father died in 2015.
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson,
says that the case is before the Resident State Attorney-RSA for advice.
This is not the first time that leaders in Gulu district have been
implicated in sexual offences.
In 2018 Samuel Kinyera the
Councilor for Layibi-Techo in Layibi division was also arrested for defiling a
14-year pupil of Koro Primary School.
Justine Obol, the Councilor for Laroo Division was also arrested on
allegations of raping a restaurant operator from his vehicle.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.
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