Lango War Claimants Coordinator Charged for Extortion

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Ogwang, who was first arrested last year and released on police bond, was re-arrested on Thursday morning from his home in Adekokwok Sub County. He was subsequently arraigned before Lira district grade one magistrate, Hillary Kiwanuka.

The Coordinator of Lango War Claimants Association Moses Ogwang Adonyo has been sent on remand at Lira Central Prison after being charged with extortion and obtaining money by false pretense.

Ogwang, who was first arrested last year and released on police bond, was re-arrested on Thursday morning from his home in Adekokwok Sub County. He was subsequently arraigned before Lira district grade one magistrate, Hillary Kiwanuka.

Ogwang is alleged to have collected nine million Shillings from members of Lango War Claimants Association which he reportedly would use to influence key government officials to hasten their pending compensation.

Lango war claimants association is an umbrella group of 69,000 war victims pursuing a compensation of 2.9 trillion Shilling from government resulting from a court ruling that granted them a reward for the livestock and property they lost during several years of the insurgency in Northern Uganda.

Paul Omara, a state prosecutor who presided over the case says they have obtained enough evidence to pin Ogwang.


He is now remanded until April 6 when he will reappear to answer charges.
 
 

 

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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.