Gunmen Shoot Catholic Priest in Amudat Top story

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Michael Minjo, the newly appointed UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson says the army will not leave any stone unturned until the suspects are arrested and prosecuted.

Unidentified gunmen have shot and injured Father Henry Drajelo, a Catholic priest attached to Kariita church in Amudat district.


 
Father Drajelo was shot by two gunmen on Saturday night at Karita trading center in Karita Sub County in Amudat district.

 
 
He is currently nursing gunshot wounds at Matany Missionary Hospital in Napak district. According to the UPDF intelligence team, the priest had just returned from duty when he was shot by the gunmen.


Lt. Christopher Katumba, the 31st Battalion Intelligence Officer based in Karita says the gunmen took advantage of a partially closed window at the priest's home and used the opening to shoot him twice in the back using a pistol before fleeing the scene at around 9.30 pm.

 
 
He says they have recovered the two bullet cartridges as investigations into the incident continue.
 

Michael Minjo, the newly appointed UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson says the army will not leave any stone unturned until the suspects are arrested and prosecuted.


This is the first attack on the church after more than a decade.  Father Declan O'Toole, an Irish Catholic priest, his driver and another passenger were killed in 2002 when their vehicle was ambushed along Moroto-Kotido road by UPDF 
soldiers.

 

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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.