Family Takes Refuge At Moroto Central Police Station

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Police has identified the household as belonging to one Etoile, from Kodonyo village,-Loputuk parish in Nadunget Sub County now camping at the station.

A family of six on Thursday afternoon took refuge at Moroto Central Police for fear of being lynched by the community.
 
Police has identified the household as belonging to one Etoile, from Kodonyo village - Loputuk parish in Nadunget Sub- County now camping at the station.
 
It's alleged that community attacked their home and stripped it of property before heading to kill them.
 
However, they were saved by the nearby police detachment that scared the mob with gun fire.
 
The villagers suspect the firearm stolen from the Local Defence detachment was committed by one of Etoile's sons called Lokolingiro Ilungiro.
 
The firearm No. 56-4813030 with 30 rounds was on last Sunday stolen from AX-004505 LDU Simon Longoli Lorukan attached to Musas detachment by unknown person.
 
John Omwony, the in-charge crime desk at Moroto central police station confirms the development saying security agencies are hunting for the suspect. He says the firearm must have been taken to Kenya. He advises the communities to desist from attacking the family saying the offence was committed by one person. He appeals to the public not to take the law into their hands saying they will be dealt with accordingly.
 
Of recent communities through the peace committees have taken an initiative to report all homesteads with illegal guns.
 
This is not the first time guns are getting lost in Karamoja and the neighbouring regions. At least 07 out of 12 guns are still missing in Napak and Nakapiripirit districts in the last one and half year.

 

About the author

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.