UPDF Airbase Commander Dan Opito Released

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Col. Opito, a former rebel commander from Lango sub region was arrested on June 11, accused of having links with a reported rebel group and detained at Makindye military barracks. About 30 officers linked to the group were also arrested in June.

 Col. Dan Opito Odwee, the Entebbe airbase garrison commander, who was arrested last month on alleged subversive activities has been released, his family has said.

Col. Opito, a former rebel commander from Lango sub region was arrested on June 11, accused of having links with a reported rebel group and detained at Makindye military barracks. About 30 officers linked to the group were also arrested in June.

His son Edward Abili posted on social media that his father was released on Tuesday evening with no charges pressed against him.

"After being flustered by dad's arrest for almost a month, I am glad to notify you about his release this evening…. Your great prayers and kind words of encouragement kept the family in good shape," Abili stated.

The family was allowed to visit him for the first time last week since his arrest almost a month ago.

UPDF spokesperson Paddy Ankunda told URN that Col Opito was released on police bond  as investigations into the matter take shape. He is expected to report to police every Friday.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

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Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.