Anti-riot Police Personnel Held over Lira Shooting

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North Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson Mansur Suwed says police have arrested Lira District Anti-riot Commander Simon Peter Okello Okwang and another only identified as Police Constable Ijanat for deploying forces illegally.

Two police officers have been arrested for shooting a motorcyclist during an operation to disperse rioting Market vendors from Juba Market, Lira Municipality last week.

The cyclists identified as Moses Ewal, a resident of Amuca village in Lira Sub County was injured and admitted at Lira Regional Referral Hospital.

North Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson Mansur Suwed says police have now arrested PC Simon Peter Okello Okwang, the Lira district Anti-riot commander and another only identified as Police Constable Ijanat. 

Their arrest comes barely a day after North Kyoga Regional Police Commander John Peter Ematu ordered for the arrest of all anti-riot personnel who participated in the clashes saying the group deployed illegally.

They are held at Lira Central Police Station pending charges of attempted murder and negligence of duty.

Lira District Police Commander Ezra Tugume says that all officers who were involved in the said operation are under investigation alongside several Lira municipality officials.

But Lira Municipal Mayor Michael Ogwang Olwa says that although the incident is regrettable, the traders should avoid being adamant and relocate to gazetted markets in Central, Adyel and Ojwina Divisions. He says the previous s council had already approved their relocation to new markets.

This is the second time Lira municipality is demolishing illegal structures established at non-gazetted markets. In June, over 100 vendors operating at the Coronation Park along Obote Avenue were removed forcefully on the orders of Lira municipality council.


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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.