MAK Lecturer Arrested Digging Up Cemetery for Mercury

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The lecturer together with another four persons was on Monday evening arrested as they dug up Kangole Catholic Cemetery.

A Makerere University lecturer Ronald Ntenze, a specialist in minerals, is among other people held by the police in Moroto district for disturbing the peace of the dead in search of mercury.
The lecturer together with another four persons was on Monday evening arrested as they dug up Kangole Catholic Cemetery.
According to the police, the team after seeing crowds converging at the cemetery attempted to flee but they were restrained by the concerned residents. Among others they could not convince the violent locals who angrily demanded to know why they were digging up the graveyard.
Irene Aceng, the Karamoja Police spokesperson confirmed the arrest of the group. She identifies the others as, Jane Apaiega Zuru (44), a pastor at Entebbe Pentecostal Church, also a resident of Entebbe Sub ward "B" in Entebbe Municipality. Another is Micheal Mahaneh (80), a geologist at Entebbe and a resident of Kasaga-Muyenga in Makindye Division.
Others are, Vincent Alijuma (49), a dealer in minerals, resident in Ndejje in Kampala. Finally Lawrence Koriang, the architect of the mercury deal and a resident of Church of Uganda village, Amudat district.
Aceng explains that Koriang sealed a deal with Zuru during the recently concluded Karamoja convocation to sell of the mercury, he had over the years buried in the Catholic cemetery. She adds that the lecturer with the help of the government detector was allegedly leading the team after he travelled with a tool to ascertain the exact spot where mercury was in the graveyard.
Nahaman Ojwee, Resident District Commissioner Napak castigates the team for having wasted their time to come to Karamoja adding that such educated persons should not be so easily hoodwinked.
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In April 2013, Toroma county Member of Parliament (MP) Cyrus Amodoi was detained after he was found digging up Awere Bridge in Pader district in search of mercury.


About the author

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.