IGP Kayihura In Lira As Killings Continue

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The Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura has temporarily taken over security command of Lira town to address what appears to be a deteriorating security situation in the area. The latest attack was reported on Wednesday night when unidentified armed people shot Calvin Olute, a night guard during a foiled robbery at One Stop Supermarket on Balla Road. Olute later died at Lira referral hospital and became the sixth person to be killed in the last 12 days.

The Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura has temporarily taken over security command of Lira town to address what appears to be a deteriorating security situation in the area.
 
Geneneral Kayihura  arrived  in Lira at around 11pm  on Thursday and  was subsequently seen  commanding  a  group of armed police officers  and  soldiers  on  various  streets.
 
This is the first time the police chief is directly taking over security management in Lira. It comes days after several reported cases of attacks targeting traders. The latest attack was reported on Wednesday night when unidentified armed people shot Calvin Olute, a night guard during a foiled robbery at One Stop Supermarket on Balla Road.
 
Olute later died at Lira referral hospital and became the sixth person to be killed in the last 12 days.
 
Just a week ago, Susan Akidi, a businesswoman was shot dead as she entered her residential gate and 63 million shillings was reportedly stolen from her.
 
Patrick Onyango, the deputy police spokesperson, says while in Lira town IGP Kayihura is expected to meet the district security committee members before addressing traders. On Monday traders closed for many hours when they went on a sit -down strike to protest failure by the police to manage the security.
 
Bosco Ogwang Edola, a director at Uganda National Chambers of Commerce, says he is convinced that Kayihura’s coming to Lira will improve the security situation. The traders also demanded that some police officers who have over stayed in Lira town be transferred.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.