Karimojong Raid Police Post, Kill Errant Officer

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Frank Tumwesigye, the Napak District Police Commander says no arrest have been made in connection with the incident.

An angry mob has attacked Apeitolim Police Post in Napak district and killed a policeman for shooting dead a young boy.  The incident occurred on Monday at 6.50 pm in Apeitolim resettlement on Lokopo Sub County on the borders of Amuria and Napak districts. The deceased officer has only been identified as Dida and his victim is Bosco Anyakun, a civilian.

Alfred Ariko, an eye witness told URN on phone last evening that Dida shot dead Anyakun when he opened fire indiscriminately at the public. After killing Anyakun, Dida continued shooting until his gun ran out of bullets. He reportedly dropped the gun and ran into hiding forcing residents to launch a manhunt for him. The mob caught up with the errant cop about 300 meters away from the police and lynched him.

According to Ariko, residents attempted to torchApeitolim Police Post but were restrained by cops who emerged from their hideout. A group of anti stock unit personnel was called in to help underpin the mob. Frank Tumwesigye, the Napak District Police Commander says no arrest have been made in connection with the incident. He says security has been reinforced at the police.

Tumwesigye condemns residents for taking the law into their hands. Nahaman Ojwee, Napak Resident District Commissioner says he is yet to establish the motive of the killing. He adds that Karamoja being an operational area, the policeman may have been derailed by stress and urges commanders to counsel the officers. By the time of filling this report on Monday night, an officer was still missing at the post raising fears that he could have been killed or injured in the attack by residents.


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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.