UPDF Soldier Held for Killing Biological Son

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The soldier is identified as Ambrose Omia, a resident of Anwangi village, Kwera Sub County in Dokolo district. He is reported to have killed his son by strangling and subsequently buried him in a nearby bush.

A UPDF Soldier who has been serving on a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic has been arrested over allegation of murdering his five-year-old biological son.

The soldier is identified as Ambrose Omia, a resident of Anwangi village, Kwera Sub County in Dokolo district. He is reported to have killed his son by strangling and subsequently buried him in a nearby bush.

It is alleged that Omia went with two children including his son to graze animals from the nearby bush on Monday, but only returned with one child, causing suspicion among his neighbours.

George Ongom, a resident of the area said the neighbours later launched a search for the kid only to recover his body hidden and covered with grass less than 4 kilometres from their home.

Reports indicate that Omia sired the son with his sister before they were separated by the clan authorities. Omia is currently married to another woman.

Jimton Aguti, the acting Dokolo District Police Commander says they have preferred a charge of murder against the soldier. He is now held at Dokolo Central Police Station pending a court appearance.

 

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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.