The residents include Justine Odieny and John Ebwongu, both residents of Amoru Cell, Kokas Opolot of Onyakai Cell and Patrick Aporu of Omagoro Cell, in Soroti West Division. They were allegedly beaten on July 16, 2021, by soldiers who were acting on the orders of the RDC during an operation in Arapai shortly after 5 p.m.
Four residents of Arapai Ward in Soroti West Division
have accused the Resident District Commissioner Patrick Okumu of
beating them up for allegedly flouting Presidential
guidelines on COVID-19.
The residents include Justine Odieny and John Ebwongu, both residents of Amoru Cell, Kokas Opolot of Onyakai Cell and Patrick
Aporu of Omagoro Cell, in Soroti West Division. They were allegedly beaten on July 16, 2021, by soldiers who were acting on the orders of the RDC during an operation in Arapai shortly after 5 p.m.
Justine Odieny, one of the victims of the beating says he
had gone to Adwongtar trading centre, about 500 meters from his home
to buy medicines and airtime when the soldiers descended on him from the sidewalk and pounced him with batons. He says that no one told him the crime he had committed to
deserve the beatings until he fell down on the verge of collapse when the
soldiers finally asked why he was walking without a face mask.
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John Ebwongu, another resident who was beaten at
Iwoloi trading centre told our reporter that the soldiers descended on him after he remained standing when all the people run for dear life. He adds that he was wearing a facemask and had just bought a piece of soap to take to his home when the soldiers
He was found lying in his house at 9:27 a.m. the following day in a lot of pain, yet he could not afford treatment in private
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The assaulted victims say that after the beating, they couldn’t
access any medical treatment from government health facilities because they were denied police forms to enable them to seek medical attention. Odieny says that
attempts to open a case with the police against the soldiers and RDC have been
frustrated by the police in Arapai and Soroti Central Police Station.
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Fred Kyobe, the officer in charge of Soroti Central Police
Station says he ordered the officers at Arapai Police Post to refer the
complainants to CPS but
the group did not show up. Kyobe said that
there was no case reported with the police to warrant a police form for
But RDC Patrick Okumu said the
allegations against him are part of a smear campaign by a few politicians and technical staff
to frustrate his work.