The request came after a directive issued by the Amolatar District Security Committee headed by the Resident District Commissioner-RDC Lillian Eyal to fishermen operating on Lake Kyoga to ensure they wear life jackets while on the Lake. Eyal said fishermen and transporters have a responsibility to guarantee their safety and that of their passengers.
Samuel Abedi, the Amolatar District Police Commander, says they have so far recovered the bodies of Carlos Ogwal, 6, Michelle Akello, 3 and their mother, Lillian Ayugi, 32 years. He says they are still searching for the bodies of two other accident victims.
The district was in the process of purchasing the vehicle at the cost of 180 million Shillings. But a section of district councilors headed by Geoffrey Ocen, the former district Vice chairperson filed a petition in court, challenging the purchase.
Epajus forced leave was sanctioned by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of local government, Ben Kumumanya. This follows a petition from the local leaders protesting alleged embezzlement of over 1.5 billion shillings.
Joel Okao Tema, the Amolatar District Information Officer, says the civil servants indeed laid down their tools in protest against what they see as unprincipled political fights against the CAO and heads of department.