Kitgum RDC Celebrates Arrest of Notorious Gang Leader

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William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner identified the gang leader as Commander, Oloya.

William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner is starting his weekend a very happy man following the arrest of the most wanted gang leader in his district. He identifies the suspect as Commander Oloya, a resident of Koch Gomah Parish in Labongo Amida Sub County.

According to Komakech, the suspect was picked up in a Kampala suburb and is due to be transferred to Kitgum. He says Commander Oloya has been behind the establishment of a ruthless gang of five hardcore criminals, who have been giving security sleepless nights in East Acholi.

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Komakech says two of the gang members were earlier on picked up from their hide out in Masindi district following a robbery in Kitgum. He asked the other gang members to surrender voluntarily to security.

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Last week, a police officer attached to Kitgum high school Police out post recovered an AK47 rifle that was stolen from security guard in Kitgum town from an assailant who targeted his gun.

The weapon was later found without ammunition. Jackson Baryampika, the Kitgum District Police Commander, says they recorded 331 criminal cases in the last three months.  They included 80 cases of theft 28 robberies and 11 murders. 

The news of Oloya's arrest has caused excitement in Kitgum town. Joseph Ocheng, a boda boda taxi operator says he traces the theft of two motorcycles to the gang.


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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.