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Police Releases Greater Atiak Sub County Chairpersons

The chairpersons include Kenneth Okot of Atiak Town Council, Samuel AKera of Atiak Sub County, and Peter Lukwiya of Opara Sub County. They were arrested by the police on Friday on allegations of arson and malicious damage, following an operation they conducted against illegal charcoal dealers in the area.
Samuel Akera, the Attiak Sub County LC3 Chaiperson looks at a burning heap of logs.

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The three Sub County Chairpersons of the greater Atiak in Amuru district who were arrested by the police have been released unconditionally.

The chairpersons include Kenneth Okot of Atiak Town Council, Samuel AKera of Atiak Sub County, and Peter Lukwiya of Opara Sub County. They were arrested by the police on Friday on allegations of arson and malicious damage, following an operation they conducted against illegal charcoal dealers in the area.   Okidi Parish is one of the areas in Amuru district that have been highly degraded by activities of illegal charcoal dealers and loggers.

The dealers have indiscriminately razed hundreds of acreages of endangered tree species like Shea nut, Afzelia Africana, Mvule, and Mahogany for charcoal and logs.   But after this operation, the officials were accused of torching huts, burning more than 240 bags of charcoal, and damaging solar panels and clothes belonging to Michael Okema Opilo, the former Chairperson Elegu Town Council.  

According to Opilo, the trio entered his farmland in Ogom “A” Village between January 11 and 20, 2022 without his consent and destroyed the said properties, causing him a financial loss of about 20 million Shillings for which he is seeking compensation. He said he had cleared the land, measuring approximately 230 acres for sugarcane growing

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The arrest of the Sub County Chairpersons had aroused tensions amongst a section of leaders and opinion leaders in the area prompting threats of demonstrations. However, the police through the Amuru District Police Commander unconditionally released the trio and urged them to settle the matter amicably.   

Atiak Sub County chairperson Samuel Akera told URN after his release on Saturday that a meeting has been set between the complainant and the accused together with the police to tentatively take place on Thursday next week.    

On Thursday this week, the security team and the leadership of Greater Atiak raided an illegal charcoal dealers' camp in the same area and destroyed hundreds of logs, dozens of makeshift dwellings, and impounded two power saws.

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