Obua’s First Visits As Minister, Receives Heroic Welcome In Ajuri

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QFM – The state minister for sports Denis Hamson Obua on Sunday received a heroic welcome by his constituents as he made his first visits as a
state minister of sports. Obua was among the new faces in president
Museveni’s cabinet following a reshuffle two weeks ago.

The Ajuri county Mp clad on a white free wear shirt, a black khaki trouser and an army green army-like boots left Lira town in his Land cruiser car and hit the road from Lira town for his constituency.

His journey was then brought to abrupt stop at Agali, the border of Lira and Alebtong district as he met a group of boda boda riders numbering 58. They were from Amugu and Abako sub counties, all in Alebtong district.

The jubilant boda Boda wearing yellow T-Shirts with inscriptions “Obua Ajuri” welcomed Obua with ululations, shouting Atin Alwak, Our minister”. They then forced Obua off his car and the youthful minister had no choice than to pick one of the motorcycles which he rode alongside the youth for over 15kms to Abunga parish in Amugu Sub County.

While in Amugu, Obua told his constituents majorly women that he was humbled by president Museveni’s decision to elevate his status to the position of minister pending vetting by parliament.

“ I am humbled and happy for this new appointment, but I want to thank
you because it was through your votes and blessings as the people of Ajuri that president Museveni elevated my status”, Obua told the gathering.

He later gave hand hoes to over 300 women drawn from 13 villages of
Abunga parish in Amugu Sub County and asked them to work hard and
produce food for their families and to fight house hold poverty.

Obua also “commissioned” the power line extension in Amugu Sub County
under Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited. On behalf of the government of Uganda
and on my own behalf, I now switch on this light to show that
electricity has finally reached Amugu” Obua said

Police Destroy 800 Bags Of Charcoal

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A police officer sets fire to some of the bags of charcoal in Olilim Sub-county, Otuke District on Wednesday. PHOTO BY ISAAC OTWII

#N24Newsroom I DM – The Environmental Protection Police Unit (EPPU) have seized and burnt to ashes more than 800 bags of charcoal during an operation against illegal charcoal trade in Otuke District. The charcoal bags were collected from various burning points while others were found packed in people’s houses.

Mr Elias Kasirabo, the EPPU commandant, said the operation was part of the struggle against tree cutting in northern Uganda.

“We started from Nwoya District where we arrested 65 suspects, we went to Gulu, Omoro, Lamwo, Pader and Otuke.”, he said.

Mr Kasirabo said Police had been sensitizing the communities to let them understand how to sustainably use the environment. “It is surprising to know that use of gas is cheaper than use of charcoal. Why can’t people embrace gas such that we save the environment because the rate at which the climate is changing in Uganda is alarming,” Mr Kasirabo said.

He said if people tamper with climate they will get no resources to embrace the modern way of agriculture such as agro forestry.

“It is very sensitive and that’s why I am saying people must protect and sustainably use the environment so that we have a future to live. The future will judge us harshly if we don’t protect the environment,” Mr Kasirabo noted.

“They are burning the only thing that we are surviving on right now. We sell this charcoal to buy food because there is no enough rain to help us in farming.”, cried Mr James Okello, a resident of Ogaro-adu Village, Olilim Sub-county in Otuke.

The Otuke Resident District Commissioner, Mr Robert Abak, said residents should instead of threatening the environment embrace government programmes such as Operation Wealth Creation. “I call upon the citizens to look into their hearts and say no to environmental degradation,” Mr Abak said.

People Power Mobilizer Shot in Amolatar, Suspend Bundled Behind Bars

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Mr Moses Okot Junior, a Gulu-based lawyer and mobiliser of People Power, a political pressure group led by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi was shot on May 22, 2019. COURTESY PHOTO

Police in North Kyoga region have confirmed the arrest of a Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier for allegedly shotting at People Power crusader in Amolatar District.

Speaking to the press, Mr David Ongom, North Kyoga regional police spokesperson confirmed the arrest saying the soldier attached to Lira barracks is in their custody pending further investigaions into the shoorting.

 “The suspect Pt RA 241999, Moses Tumukunde, a resident of Amolatar town council and a bodyguard of Amolatar RDC [Ms Lillian Eyal] is now in police custody at Amolatar central police station under file vide CRB243/2019,” he said.

Accordin to Police, the lawyer was shot at around 2pm on Wednesday near a market in Amolatar town council where he was allegedly mobilising people a head of a planned People Power meeting.

“When the RDC ordered for his (Okot’s) arrest, he tried to run away. This prompted the guard to shoot. He was injured on the leg. The victim is believed to have been taken to yet to be identified clinic in Lira town,” Mr Ongom said on Thursday.

Mr Ongom further noted that an SMG riffle with four full magazines and another with 28 rounds of ammunition have been recovered as investigations continue.

The victim, Moses Okot Junior, a Gulu-based lawyer had also shown interest in contesting for Kyoga constituency Member of Parliament seat in the 2021 general elections. He is also known for promoting People Power pressure group in Amolatar District.

UPDF officer who killed 4 Family Members Earn Life Behind Bars.

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UnityFM: Isaac Newton Okello, the UPDF soldier who yesterday pleaded guilty to the murder of four family members has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Private Isaac Newton Okello, 43-years old UPDF soldier attached to the 3rd Infantry Division in Moroto yesterday pleaded guilty to shooting dead a 35-year-old Emmy Okello (his brother), a 29-year-old Betty Arao (wife to the brother who was seven months pregnant) and their three-year-old son, Elvis Okullo.

With four counts of murder yesterday, the 3rd Infantry Division court martial chaired by Col J.B Katongole in Alebtong District, sentenced Okello to 80 years’ imprisonment for each count. He is meant to serve the sentences concurrently.

Okello told court that he killed his brother because of land wrangles. Pt Okello also told court that he was bitter with his brother for grabbing his girlfriend. He further accused the late Emmy Okello of using witchcraft to kill their other brother, something he said prompted him to revenge by shooting the whole family.