Amuru LC V Chairperson Injured in Road Accident

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Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Police Spokesperson, says Lakony and two other law enforcement officers were chasing the trailer for illegally ferrying logs from the district.

Michael Lakony, the Amuru LC V Chairperson is nursing injuries he sustained in a motor accident this morning. The accident occurred at Jeng - Gari village in Pabbo Sub County along Gulu - Nimule Road.

 

Lakony was being driven by his driver Dick Ojera in his official vehicle registration Number LG 0032 008. According to Police, the accident occurred after a trailer registration numbers UBA 298E and UBA 950Q rammed into Lakony's from behind.

 
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Police Spokesperson, says Lakony and two other law enforcement officers were chasing the trailer for illegally ferrying logs from the district.

 
It is suspected that Lakony's vehicle got in the way of the speeding trailer driver Moses Wamala, a resident of Mukono Town in a bid to force him to stop.
 

Although Lakony's vehicle veered off the road, it did not overturn.  Lakony was rushed to St. Mary's Hospital Lacor for treatment alongside three other occupants of the vehicle.
 
  
He told URN on phone that he wasn't feeling well to speak to press. Amuru district local government is struggling to arrest illegal timber logging and the booming charcoal trade that is threatening the environment in the district. 

 
According to authorities, on average, twenty trucks laden with logs and charcoal leave the district for Kampala and other regional markets daily. 


Recently, the district centralized licensing of trade in logs and charcoal after discovering that sub counties were conniving with dealers to defraud the district of revenue. 

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.