Waitress Arrested Over Journalist's Illegal Possesion of Gun

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Police in Lira have arrested one more person for being in possession of an illegal firearm, just two days after Bonny Odongo, a Lira-based Vision Group journalist was picked up. Joan Emer, a waitress at Bistro Bar in Lira town was arrested yesterday afternoon as she returned home from work.

Police in Lira have arrested one more person for being in possession of an illegal firearm.

Joan Emer, a waitress at Bistro Bar in Lira town was picked yesterday afternoon as she returned home from work.

She is being accused jointly with Bonny Odongo, a Lira-based Vision Group journalist of allegedly being in possession of the same illegal firearm.

Odongo, a Sub Editor of Rupiny Newspaper, a sister publication to 'The New Vision' was arrested on Wednesday evening from Lira town.

His arrest stems from a photo of him posing with a pistol while drinking in a bar. The picture has made several rounds on various social media platforms this week.

David Mudong, the North Kyoga Regional police spokesperson, said that during their investigation police found that on the same day Joan Emer took several pictures with the same gun.

Earlier, Odongo who is still being held at Lira Central Police Station, had disassociated himself from the photo arguing that it could be a result of Photoshop by his foes. However, the two have now told police that they got the gun from a friend with whom they were drinking just to pose with in a picture.

They said they just took the picture with the gun out of excitement, without knowing it's illegal.

Joel Tubanone, the Lira District Police commander, says police is now hunting for the suspected owner of the gun, a businessman who is believed to be in hiding.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.