Six Held Over Gun Attack in Kaberamaido

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Ahamed Madri, the Kaberamaido District Police Commander, says they recovered six cartridges from the crime scene.

59-year-old David Engweno, a resident of Kaberamaido district is nursing gunshot wounds he sustained in an attack allegedly masterminded by his own brothers over a land feud.

Engweno is admitted at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital with gunshot injuries on the left leg and ear. He was reportedly hit by five bullets in the left leg and one bullet on the ear by unidentified gunmen during a raid on his home in Olilimo village in Bululu Sub County on Sunday night.

Ahamed Madri, the Kaberamaido District Police Commander, says they recovered six cartridges from the crime scene.  He says they are holding six suspects in connection to the attack including Engweno's brother, Alfred Engwenu and his wife, Evaline Arayo, Samuel Ochen and his two wives identified as Teddy Amulo and Santa Akeso and Julius Ejanu.

According to Madri, they believe Arayo has a critical link to the attackers. He explains that Engwenu has been feuding with his brothers over land. The victim's 14-year-old son, whose name has been withheld by URN, told police that about 5 people stormed his father's home at around 9pm on Sunday and called him out. According to the minor, a scuffle ensued immediately his father stepped out of the house leading to several gunshots.

The minor says he took off swiftly and spent a night under a big tree near their home. 78-year-old, Gladys Awio, the mother of the gunshot victim, says her late husband was killed under similar circumstances. She also confirmed the land feud among her children. Both the army and police have launched a hunt for the gun used in the attack.


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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.