Cop Shot Dead in Kotido, Assailants Seize Firearm

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Anatoli Katungwensi, the Kotido District Police Commander confirms the incident describing it as a terrible tragedy. He explains that due to a reported theft of solar panels at Napei Primary school, the police had sought to deploy to guard the gadgets.

Unknown assailants yesterday attacked and killed a police officer as he retired to his outpost in Kotido district. The deceased is identified as Corporal Siraje Mulabanaku who was attached to Nakapelimoru police post.

The gruesome incident happened at 2.30am near Napei Primary school, Nakapelimoru Sub County, 124 kilometers North West of Moroto town.

Anatoli Katungwensi, the Kotido District Police Commander confirms the incident describing it as a terrible tragedy. He explains that due to a reported theft of solar panels at Napei Primary school, the police had sought to deploy to guard the gadgets.

He however adds that on the fateful day, Mulabanaku decided to leave the duty station before day break giving chance the assailants to waylay him.

Irene Aceng, the Karamoja police spokesperson says the attackers also disappeared with the deceased's gun number UG. Police-563688545 loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition. The search for the killers is ongoing.

Siraje believed to be in the early 40's, had served the police for 17 years when he met his death on Friday. He joins hundreds of other security personnel who have died in the hands of assailants in Karamoja sub region over the decades.

 

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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.