LDU Commander In Custody Over Death of Moroto Aspirant

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Capt. Isaac Oware, the UPDF 3rd Division Spokesperson has confirmed the arrest of the LDU commander, saying he is being held at the quarter guard in Moroto as investigations continue.

Captain Hassan Lokong, the commandant of Kambizzi Local Defense Unit is in trouble for his alleged involvement in the killing of Raphael Eritoi, a former contestant for the Nadunget LC V councilor seat. Eritoi was picked up by the army on accusations of masterminding the killing of Eritoi in October last year.

 
A source in the UPDF says they picked up Eritoi after one of the suspects implicated them for handing them the killer gun. It's alleged that on the night of October 1, 2015 while at Kambizzi detachment, Lokong participated in procuring gun No UG-LDU 56-4803142. 


The firearm was purportedly used in the murder of three family members of Natapar-Kocucu village, Loputuk parish in Nadunget Sub County. Capt. Isaac Oware, the UPDF 3rd Division Spokesperson has confirmed the arrest of the LDU commander, saying he is being held at the quarter guard in Moroto as investigations continue. 


Recently, Akudo Lote, the prime suspect in the murder of Eritoi wrote to court asking the judge to compel his accomplice Paul Komarem alias Ssebagala to pay up him Shillings 4 million for killing the councilor.


Eritoi was gunned down together with two others on the night of October 1, 2015. The latter was attacked along Moroto-Kitale road and shot twice in the chest while returning home. On the same night, in Natapar-Kocucu, three family members were also shot dead.

 

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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.