On Thursday, another resident Jackeline Anek, the village secretary for finance and mobilization was arrested unclothed and bundled into police patrol car. The angered residents now want unconditional release of the suspects and immediate transfer of District Police Commander, ASP Moses Oola.
The petition follows the brutal arrest of the area LC1 Chairperson Milton Oketch Ojwang and his subject Peter Lino on 5 January, 2019. The duo was arrested in connection with the burning of Capernaum Church of God Ministries.
The suspects were arrested on orders of the Church leader, Pastor Josephine Aketo. Established in 2014, the church has been facing resistance from residents and local leaders who question their style of devotion.
Emmanuel Oryema, the Labongo Amida Sub-County Area Councilor reveals that in August 2018, Kitgum district security committee closed the church to allow investigations into its unlawful activities but they have continued operating.
Oryema says because of bribery claims, the embattled church is accusing the community for stealing chairs, public address system, solar system and other building materials costed at 75 million shillings.
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On Thursday, another resident Jackeline Anek, the village secretary for finance and mobilization was arrested unclothed and bundled into a Police patrol car. The angered residents now want the unconditional release of the suspects and immediate transfer of
District Police Commander, ASP Moses Oola.
Speaking to URN on Monday, the residents say many people in the village are wanted by the Police, a situation that has caused insecurity as many have abandoned their homes taking refuge in the bush.
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Police denied any wrong doing and said the suspects will face charges of aggravated robbery, incitement of violence and arson. They will appear before Kitgum Magistrate's court on Tuesday 22 January, 2018
Kitgum Resident District Commissioner Christopher Omara condemned the Police brutality. Speaking to URN Omara revealed that he has already reported the matter to the top Police officials at the regional office in Gulu for action to be taken.
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