Gulu Man in Trouble for Faking Own Kidnap

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Lawoko explains that he was prompted to stage his kidnap and cut his private parts for fear that Okot would have him arrested for misusing his money.

Gulu police are holding a man accused of faking his own kidnap to avoid paying 3.2 million shillings to his boss. Michael Lawoko traveled to Masindi from Gulu and cut his private parts as part of his plan to manipulate his boss on Tuesday last week.
 
It is alleged that Lawoko faked his kidnap after he embezzled 3.2 million shillings he collected from rent on behalf his boss Stephen Okot, who lives in London. Information obtained by URN shows that Lawoko collected 3.7 million shillings from September last year but only banked 500,000 shillings.
 
Lawoko explains that he was prompted to stage his kidnap and cut his private parts for fear that Okot would have him arrested for misusing his money.

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Walter Weyo Odong, a local leader in Layibi division says when they heard the news about Lawoko’s alleged kidnap they started conducting a search for his whereabouts but it all turned out to be a lie. He wants Lawoko to face the full wrath of the law for faking his kidnap and pay back all the money he stole from his boss.
 
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Stephen Okot says he entrusted Lawoko with his estate because he had worked for him for quite some time and shown commitment. He however, says with the new development he will cancel all his plans to take care of Lawoko and make him face the law.
  
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa Regional Police spokesperson says Lawoko faces charges of theft and providing police with false information contrary to section 115 of the penal code act. In 2010, a councilor in Gulu district faked his kidnap towards ahead of the general elections to get sympathy votes but was later arrested by police. .

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.