According to preliminary information, police found the deceased partying together with others at Kanyipe trading center on the orders of the village chairperson, Simon Okolong. The chairperson allegedly ordered his residents to drink and dance overnight at will.
Bukedea RDC Geoffrey Okiswa looks on to Simon Oloit, mob survivor.
Bukedea police have shot dead a teenage boy for allegedly violating
the night-time curfew. The deceased has been identified as Patrick Otimong, a
resident of Kanyipe Village in Kolir Sub County and student of Sironko Senior
According to preliminary information, police found the
deceased partying together with others at Kanyipe trading center on the orders
of the village chairperson, Simon Okolong. The chairperson allegedly ordered his
residents to drink and dance overnight at will.
David Ongom Mudong, the East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman, says Otimong was
shot dead by Special Police Constable, Simon Okurut while enforcing the night
time curfew together with others. According to Ongom, says the officers opened
fire when they met resistance from the errant members of the public that
claimed the deceased’s life.
“As police, we condemn any act of unprofessional conduct of
officers of using live ammunition against unarmed civilians but of course, we
also do condemn provocation from the members of the public against police
officers on lawful duty”, he said in a text.
Ongom revealed that the police have arrested both the village chairperson and
the SPC to help in the investigations. “Detectives
are actively recording statements from relevant witnesses and gathering evidence. The file is due for submission to the Resident State Attorney-RSA
for perusal and legal advice, should the file be sanctioned, those implicated
shall face the law”, he added.
According to Ongom, the incident was provoked by the actions of the village
chairperson whom he notes unlawfully gave orders to the people to drink and
dance overnight in disregard of the presidential guidelines to control
COVID-19. Although bars and discotheques
have not been allowed to operate, several are functional throughout the region
with loud music booming throughout the night.
Meanwhile, the police in Bukedea rescued a suspected cattle
thief identified as Simon Oloit from an angry mob last night. Oloit, a resident
of Kaloko Village in Bukedea Sub County was found with a stolen bull at Bukedea
Cattle Market around 3:00 am on Thursday morning.
He was seen by Gilbert Emuria who tipped residents that
descended on him. Oloit was rescued when a Good Samaritan tipped the Police who
rushed to the scene at night. Geoffrey Okiswa, the Bukedea RDC says that
whereas they condemn mob justice, they also condemn acts of cattle theft in the
strongest terms since it has become a serious issue in the district.
The mob also vandalized Oloit’s vehicle Toyota Primo UAH 225B that was found at
the scene. Three other people believed to be accomplices to Oloit fled the
Bureau Chief, Soroti
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