Two Police Officers Arrested For Mishandling Case

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Trouble for the officers stemmed from a complaint filed at the Police Standard Unit North Kyoga regional headquarters and the police headquarters challenging how the case was managed by the police in Lira district.Those in custody includes, Nelson Obia and another identified as Area, all attached to Railways police post in Railways Division where the case was first reported by the teenager.

Police in Lira district is holding two of their officers on allegation of receiving a bribe of Uganda shillings 500,000.
The officers are accused of taking the bribe in order to mismanage a case in which a casual worker at Tip-Top bakery in Lira town had accused his employer of torture and putting pepper in his anus.
Trouble for the two officers reportedly emerged after he filed a complaint at the Police Standard Unit - North Kyoga regional headquarters and the Police headquarters challenging the manner in which the case was managed by the Police in Lira district.
The officers arrested include; Nelson Obia and Area whose second name could not be established. The two are all attached to Railways Police post in Railways Division where the case was first reported.
Their arrest was ordered by the Police headquarters. John Peter Ematu, North Kyoga Regional Police Commander says the duo shall be tried in the Police disciplinary court at the region.
He says they will be charged with misconduct and abuse of office. Ematu said once found guilty the officers shall be subjected to police disciplinary measures as stipulated in the Police Act.
He cautioned security operatives against indulging in unlawful acts saying it puts their image at stake.
Marvin Kawere, the Railways Division LCIII chairperson is happy about the arrest saying it will pave ways for justice for the young man who was tortured.
Kawere says they opted to complain to PSU and Human rights after the Police in Lira district had tampered with the case. Tom Richard Okello, Lira district Labor officer had earlier on faulted Tip Top Bakery for torture and violation of employment act.


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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.