Four Pro-Mukula Activists Held in Unidentified Location

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Ebwalu and Okello were detained when they went to Soroti police Station to inquire about the arrest of Ocen and Oriokot.

The four members of the the Etem Iteso subcommittee Mukula 118 who were picked up on Wednesday evening have been taken to unknown location, URN has learnt. They are Julius Ocen, the former Amuria LC V chairperson, Honorant Okello, speaker Soroti Municipality, Jonathan Ebwalu, the former NRM district treasurer and Jimmy Oriokot, a former Soroti county MP candidate. The four were picked up ahead of a fundraising drive for the jailed former health minister and Soroti Municipality MP Mike Mukula.

Ocen was picked up from Shell Pump station by a group of cops that had trailed his vehicle from Soroti hotel where he had attended a base line assessment meeting for Soroti University. Ebwalu and Okello were detained when they went to Soroti police Station to inquire about the arrest of Ocen and Oriokot.  It is now emerging that the suspects were transferred at the around 2 am this morning to unknown location. Ruth Ocen, the wife to Ocen says that she has received information from some cops that her husband was transferred to Bukedea police station, while Honorant Okello, Jimmy Oriokot and Jonathan Ebwalu are being held in Kumi.
Ruth Ocen says that she went to Soroti police station to check on her husband but she was told he is not there. The relatives of the other suspects also visited several police stations but they were not there.
Juma Hassan Nyene, the Kyoga East Police spokesperson declined to reveal where the suspects are being held, but stressed that they are in police custody. Earlier on, Nyene told URN that the suspects are wanted in connection to their utterances on radio last month. He claimed that during the show, the group said President Yoweri Museveni was responsible for the suffering of people in Teso region.


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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.