Moroto LDU Killed By Own Gun

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The LDU personnel, David Lopeyok was killed by eight gun shots from his own gun. Police however suspect the death could be a suicide.

 A local Defense Unit personnel in Moroto has died under unclear circumstances after his gun fired eight shots at him in his sleep. LDU No. AX 000457, Private David Lopeyok was killed Sunday morning at Loputuk Army detachment.  
According to his wife Martha Anyang, Lopeyok repeatedly ordered for sachets of Zebra waragi on Saturday evening. She explains that after supper, he again sent for more four sachets before retiring to bed at midnight.
Anyang says she was only woken up after bullets went off his husband's gun while they were in deep sleep. She took off thinking they had been attacked, until she was caught by soldiers.
However, the Karamoja police spokesperson, Irene Aceng says preliminary investigations indicate Lopeyok could have killed himself. She says investigators are looking at the possibility that Lopeyok could have positioned the gun to shoot himself through the mouth.

In another development, a 38-year old woman, Lucia Lowal has committed suicide by hanging. The mother of four was found dead in her rented single room in Moroto town, at Katamukono-Baazar village, North Division in Moroto Municipality.

Neighbours on Sunday morning did not see her coming out of the house, forcing them to call the police. When police forced the door open, Lowal was found hanging from the roof by white polyethylene rope.

Aceng attributes the increasing cases of suicide in the region to personal disputes. 


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.