The two; David Kasasira alias Kanyankole, who is the owner of the bull and his accomplice Derrick Opoka, were arrested after torturing Geoffrey Ocen, 23 from Dyang B Village in Palabek Gem Sub County, Lamwo district.
The police in Lamwo district is holding two people on
allegations of torturing and causing severe bodily injuries on a suspected
The two; David Kasasira alias
Kanyankole, who is the owner of the bull and
his accomplice Derrick Opoka, were arrested after torturing Geoffrey Ocen, 23 from Dyang B Village in Palabek Gem Sub County, Lamwo district.
They were arrested on Friday evening after a viral video of the incident which showed the suspected thief
tied upside down on a tree
and severely beaten with clubs by a mob. In the video, the suspect pleaded for mercy and stated that he was never aware of the allegations, but he was still beaten and
asked to acknowledge his bad deeds to secure his freedom.
The act drew uproar from the Acholi community
in Uganda and the diaspora. Artist Jennifer Lawala expressed dismay and called on the local leaders and
stakeholders to denounce such actions and apprehend all persons who were involved.
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David Ongom Mudong, the Aswa River Region Police
Spokesperson told URN on Saturday that the two persons were arrested from their
hideouts following a manhunt that was launched by the security, after the video. They are now held at Lamwo Central Police Station, while the pursuit continues for their accomplices who are still in hiding.
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Cue out…as Geoffrey Ocen.’’//
Area chairperson, Patrick Okot says he was also
assaulted while trying to stop them from beating Ocen. He added that the cattle have since been recovered.
Meanwhile, the victim Geoffrey Ocen who is a local farmer is
currently battling severe bodily injuries, passing loose stools and cannot due
to severe back and waist pain and is stuck at home with his ailing condition
due to lack of money for better health care.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc