6 Police Deserters Return To Moroto Court Today

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A total of six police officers who were on Friday remanded to Moroto Central Prison for desertion return to court today to enter their pleas. The officers are part of the 12 arrested in Moroto District last week for deserting the force.

A total of six police officers who were on Friday remanded to Moroto Central Prison for desertion return to court today to enter their pleas.
 
The officers are part of the 12 arrested in Moroto District last week for deserting the force.

Six of them appeared before Moroto Chief Magistrate Moses Katoroogo who remanded them.

Some of those remanded include Constable Joseph Lemukol who was attached to Kotido Police Station and Micheal Lokure, a Constable attached to Jinja Road Police station in Kampala.

Others are Moses Lotyang attached to Chepusikuny Anti-stock theft unit in Kween district, Samuel Akol attached to Amudat Police station in Amudat district and Samuel Lokiru, who is attached to Police Patrol headquarters in Naguru. Also on the list is Moses Lokol, a police constable attached to Napak police station in Napak district.

Court heard that the officers allegedly absconded from their duty station in 2011 after one month official leave or just walked away without the knowledge of their commanders.

Meanwhile, the Police in Moroto are still holding another six suspected deserters. Irene Aceng, the Police spokesperson-Karamoja, identifies the officers as Joseph Lokeris attached to Nakapiripirit Police station, Nakapiripirit district, Stephen Kiyonga who was attached to Katakwi Police station in Katakwi district, and Lazarus Teko from Kabalye Police Training School in Masindi among others.

Aceng says security agencies have deployed across the Karamoja sub region to track the deserters. She explains that the deserters have a link to cases of burglary and harassment of civilians in Moroto district. She appeals to the public to avail the police with information that may lead to their conviction.

 

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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.