Suspected Killers of Mother of Ten Arrested

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In short
Five members of one family have been arrested for the shooting death of a mother of ten in Soroti. The victim Betty Akello was shot dead in her home on October 02, 2014 at about 10:00 pm. She was at home with her family in Ogwengai village, Lale parish, Kamuda sub-county, when her killers struck.

Five members of one family have been arrested for the shooting death of a mother of ten in Soroti.
 
The victim Betty Akello was shot dead in her home on October 02, 2014 at about 10:00 pm. She was at home with her family in Ogwengai village, Lale parish, Kamuda sub-county, when her killers struck.
 
James Alachu, the councilor in Kamuda L.C.3 council, says the killers shot indiscriminately into Akello's home. At least 32 spent cartridges were found on the scene.
 
Akello was shot multiple times.
 
Akello's husband Charles Owal was at home at the time. He says he survived because Akello threw herself in front of him to stop their attackers from shooting him.
 
Owal then hid in a corner and was not injured in the subsequent attack.
 
Alachu says the three of the four of the men arrested are actually Owal's brothers. Alachu says there had been disagreements between Owal and his brothers which might have prompted this attack.
 
The suspects in custody are four men and one woman: Alfred Eyalu, Simon Eyaku, Julius Edonu, David Erayu and Phoebe Amulo. Alfred, Simon, and David are Owal's brothers.
 
 Julius Edonu is Simon Eyaku's son. Phoebe Amulo is Alfred Eyalu's wife.
 
Ayub Waiswa, the OC CID Soroti Police Station, confirmed the arrests and said the five suspects are in custody to help police with investigations.
 
Police were able to arrest the suspects after the force's sniffer dog led the officers to Simon Eyaku's home.
 
Akello's husband remains in shock at time of going to press and unable to speak on the matter.

UPDATE: Akello's relatives have reportedly attacked and burnt all the brothers' homes.

 

About the author

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.