Police, Judiciary on the Spot Over Escalation of Crime In Gulu

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George Labeja, the Mayor Gulu Municipality eulogized John Omona for his hard work. He also said the presence of the Inspector General of Police-IGP, Kale Kayihura will not change the security situation in Gulu, unless security operatives change their attitude.

Reverend Father Erick Uma, the Holy Rosary Catholic Parish Priest in Gulu town has faulted the judiciary and security organs in Gulu for abetting crime. According to Father Uma, it is an open secret that both the Uganda Police Force and the judiciary have been infiltrated by corrupt individuals who help criminals to walk scot free.

 
Father Uma was speaking at the joint requiem mass of former Gulu Deputy Town Clerk, John Oola Omona and his Thomas Opira at Holy Rosary Church in Uganda. Omona was clobbered to death by suspected iron bar hit men on Tuesday while Opira succumbed to a short illness at Gulu Hospital.  

According to Father Uma, both the judiciary and Police have failed to address rising wave of crimes in Gulu district due to corruption. "Negligence and lack of regards for human lives has led to too many incidences of iron bar attacks as officers deployed to protect lives and properties cooperate with criminals", he said.

 
He said the Judiciary has failed to play its role of dispensing justice because of bribery. "People are tired of violence and want to live freely in their homes and country without fear of being terrorized. I urge those practicing the crimes of iron bar hit men to turn to God and allow the peace of God to prevail", he concluded.

 
Earlier on, Gulu district officials blasted Police and the judiciary at the Gulu district Council hall for letting down members of the public. Patrick Oola Lumumba, the Bar Dege Division LC 3 Chairperson, said people are slowly losing confidence in the ability of Police to protect their lives and property.

George Labeja, the Mayor Gulu Municipality eulogized John Omona for his hard work. He also said the presence of the Inspector General of Police-IGP, Kale Kayihura will not change the security situation in Gulu, unless security operatives change their attitude. 

Omona was laid to rest at his ancestral home in Lukome in Bungatira Sub County while Opira will be laid to rest today.