Gulu University Students Protest Murder of Don

2413 Views Kitgum, Uganda

In short
Nancy Atimango, the guild president at the campus told Uganda Radio Network that they were marching through the streets of the northern Uganda town to press government to scrutinize the qualifications of nationals employed as security guards.

Students of Gulu University Kitgum Campus on Wednesday held a peaceful demonstration to protest the death of Isaiah Okidi, one of their lecturers.
 
Okidi was shot dead on Sunday night by an enraged security guard attached to Security Group Africa in Gulu town. 

Police say he was shot during an argument over a motorcycle he had earlier parked to withdraw 45,000 shillings from his Mobile Money account.

Grieving students and members of the public received his casket with a peaceful protest demanding proper explanation for his death.
 
Nancy Atimango, the guild president at the campus told Uganda Radio Network that they were marching through the streets of the northern Uganda town to press government to scrutinise the qualifications of nationals employed as security guards.

Luo bite
 
//Cue in: "Wan inino matin ni....
Cue out: ".... ki twero me kwo."//
 "We purposed to march today to pass a message to security guards in this country to respect human lives. To tell those who carry guns to value human lives. We regret that security guards who are not affiliated to Police are the worst perpetrators of gun violence. We therefore implore the RDC and his team to end such ruthless killing using whatever means available to them".

The students sang funeral songs with placards urging armed people to exercise caution when dealing with members of the public in their hands. Some of the placards pleaded for rights to live. "We have a right to live. Why attack us? Give us a chance to live," one of them reads.
 
After marching through the streets of Kitgum town, the students welcomed the casket of the man they dearly loved from the University campus. They then proceeded to a requiem mass held at Christ the King Church, about 600 metres from the Campus.
  
Joined by members of the public, moving eulogies were read in praise of the lecturer. "You are gone too soon. You made an indelible mark on our lives," a sobbing student said.
 
Fellow lecturers paid tribute to Okidi, credited for pioneering the plan to have the university campus established in Kitgum.

Walter Livingst Too-oroma, the Mayor of Kitgum municipality said "a dark cloud had visited the town a few weeks after an Anglican priest died in gun violence in Kitgum".
 
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa river region police spokesperson says the security guard who killed Okidi is in police custody to answer to charges of murder by shooting.
 
At the time of his death, Okidi was the coordinator of Bachelor of Arts Education at the campus and a lecturer of religious education. 
He was laid to rest today at Kalongo Public Cemetery in Kalongo town council, Agago district.