Sironko LC 3 Chairman Arrested for Assaulting a Census Enumerator

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Meanwhile, Mubaraka Magomu, the Sironko Resident District Commissioner, says his office and the police are hunting for three other LC I chairpersons from Zesuyi parish in Buteza sub county who have also been accused of inciting the public against being counted in the on-going exercise.

Patrick Bola, the LC III chairman of Buteza Sub County in Sironko district has been arrested for allegedly assaulting an enumerator in the ongoing National population and housing census exercise.

Diana Nandaula, the Elgon Region Police Spokesperson says that Bola was arrested together with three accomplice’s Ismah Woniala, Emmanuel Wokasula and Wako Yoweri with whom they descended on the enumerator and beat him up.

The enumerator had reported at the sub county headquarters to start work on day one of the census when Bola pounced on him and confiscated some of the census materials that were lined up for use.

The four are also accused of inciting residents against the exercise. Nandaula says Police has information that Bola, his accomplices and others still at large have been combing the villages in the sub county to incite the public against being counted, a campaign which started on Wednesday, the eve of the Counting.

According to Nandaula, the group claims to be protesting the failure to grant Zesuyi parish a sub county status as fronted to the ministry of local government more than 10 years ago.  The parish is now part of the bigger Buteza sub county.

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Nandaula adds that some residents were heeding to the calls and were turning away the enumerators while others were reluctant to give full information required in the census.
 
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Nandaula says the suspects now held at Mbale central Police station will face charges of assault and sabotaging government program.

Meanwhile, Mubaraka Magomu, the Sironko Resident District Commissioner, says his office and the police are hunting for three other LC I chairpersons from Zesuyi parish in Buteza sub county who have also been accused of inciting the public against being counted in the on-going exercise.

He says the suspects whose details were concealed have been asking people to discard the exercise on the basis that their offices were left out of the process, a result of which they are missing the Ugx 40,000 that other LCs would receive for coordinating the exercise in their areas.
 
Magomu says the LCs have fled their homes since Wednesday when they got a tip that police was hunting for them.

A team of security operatives led by Jacopo Opolot, the Elgon Regional Police Commander and Shaban Kasibante, the Mbale Resident District Commissioner have rushed to Sironko district to conduct a community campaign to ask residents to embrace the ongoing population census exercise.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.