Murder Cases Top Karamoja Court Session

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Murder cases top the criminal list to be tried at the High Court session in Moroto, Uganda Radio Network has established.

Murder cases top the list of cases to be tried at the High Court session in Moroto, Uganda Radio Network has established. 

Justice Henrietta Wolayo, Soroti resident judge also overseeing Karamoja, will try a total of 33 murder cases during the 40 day criminal session that has opened today at the Chief Magistrate Court in Moroto.

Others are rape, 17, defilement, 19 and aggravated robbery, two cases. The cases range from 2013 to 2016.
Among the murder cases, one that has been given forethought is the shooting of former Nadunget Councilor aspirant, Raphael Eritoi, in the 2016 general elections. The five suspects will be tried after writing their confessions to court in the past months as having participated in the murder.
During a meeting held with stakeholders from Moroto district this morning at the court hall, Wolayo hailed efforts by the magistrate court in expending justice.
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Stakeholders asked the judge to find means of handling the huge case backlog in Karamoja, which according to prisons authority, stands at 210.

William Awany, officer in charge Moroto Central Prisons appeals to judiciary to speed up the trial.
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Andrew Napaja, the district chairperson Moroto says he believe justice will prevail for the persons in prison.
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A total of 80 inmates will be handled during the High Court criminal session after two years.


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.