Operation Restore Hope: Serere LC V Boss Accuses Officers of Framing Residents

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Opit says Onyamen is living in fear with his family after unidentified people planted bullets in his compound with intentions of framing him.

Operation Restore Hope, which seeks to recover illegal fire arms in Teso sub region has come under scrutiny from Joseph Opit Okojo, the Serere District LC V chairperson. Opit accuses some of the officers involved in the operation for planting exhibits in residents home so as to frame them on charges of illegal gun possession. He cites Milton Onyamen , a resident of Aarapoo village in Labor sub county in Serere district as one of the victims this plot.

Opit says Onyamen is living in fear with his family after unidentified people planted bullets in his compound with intentions of framing him. According to Opit, Onyamen alerted him immediately his wife informed him that their children had stumbled on bullets wrapped in a polythene bag in their compound. Opit says he rushed to the scene and immediately notified police on what had happened. He says that he is surprised that, Major Justin Engwau, the in charge of Operation Restore Hope has continued harassing Onyamen together with his family.

Onyamen told URN that, the bullets found in his compound were planted by his cousin captain Julius Edoru, the in charge of Operation Restore Hope in Amuria district. According to Onyamen, they have been involved in a land dispute with his cousins for over nine years. He accuses Edoru of using his position and colleagues in the army to threaten his family. Edoru disclosed that he and his second wife are currently living in hiding for fear of  being arrested by UPDF officers. Onyamen is the Beach Management Unit chairperson Mugarama landing site. But Captain Julius Edoru, in charge Operation Restore Hope in Amuria district denies using his colleagues to intimidate his cousin.
 
Major Justin Engwau, the in charge Operation Restore Hope in Serere district also denies any wrong doing saying he is only fulfilling his job. Engwau says he was deployed to investigate and recover illegal firearms and ammunition. But Charles Aweu, a resident of Kikota in Olio sub county also says he was framed and picked up for illegal possession of ammunition. Aweu says he is out on bond but still reports to court. He blames his woes on an ongoing dispute with someone who bought their clan land. Juma Hassan Nyene, the East Kyoga regional police spokesperson says he is yet to get a report on the matter.n.

 

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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.