Defense Forces-UPDF has apologized for the shooting of Rupa LC III Chairperson,
Dan Apollo Majeri Lomoyo in Moroto district. Lomoyo
was shot dead by a soldier inside a UPDF detach in Kidepo in Rupa Sub County in
December last year when he tried to intervene in an operation by UPDF to
impound cattle in the area.
His body was laid to
rest at his ancestral home in Katum-Kasikou in Moroto Municipality on
Tuesday, six months after he was killed. Lomoyo’s funeral was delayed
after his family
declined to receive his body pending discussions with UPDF for
investigations and justice for the family.
During the funeral, the
UPDF 3rd Division Commander, Brigadier Joseph Balikuddembe who
represented the army, apologized to mourners for Lomoyo’s shooting. “The death was regrettable. On
behalf of the UPDF I want to extend our apology to this family and the people
of Rupa,” he said.
He called on the community to stand with UPDF in fighting wrong elements in
their midst and promised that no more lives would be lost in similar
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Brigadier Balikudembe also revealed that UPDF has paid 30 million Shillings to Lomoyo
Foundation Fund that was opened by the deceased’s family as part of the
conditions for the burial. UPDF also pledged to construct a guest house to
establish a stable source of income to support the deceased’s 51 biological
children and five wives.
Brig. Balikudembe also
promised that the UPDF would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that justice
prevails. “We shall ensure that there is fast and fair justice. The report from
the board of inquiry is already out and justice would soon prevail,” he promised.
David Pulkol, who represented the deceased’s family, said he was happy with the
level of cooperation UPDF has exhibited and pleaded for justice to prevail. He
hailed UPDF for tightening security in Karamoja to curb cattle raids and
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officers were suspended and three soldiers arrested in connection to Lomoyo’s killing.