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Acholi Leaders Eulogize Gulu RDC Maj. Okot Lapolo

Gulu LCV Chairperson Martin Ojara Mapenduzi described Late Lapolo as a great man and a true patriot who cherished unity and prioritized the security of the Acholi people.
RDC Maj Santos Okot Lapolo (RIP) - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Leaders and residents in Acholi have eulogized the Late Maj Santos Okot Lapolo, the Resident District Commissioner of Gulu who succumbed to COVID-19 pandemic, on Saturday.

Lapolo died from the National Referral Hospital Mulago in Kampala. He was laid to rest on Monday at his ancestral home in Ojorongole village in Lunganyura Parish, Orom Sub-County, Kitgum Municipality.

Dr John Baptist Odama, the Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese in his condolence message through the Vicar General Msgr. Matthew Odong interceded the Lord to reward him for all the accomplishments during his service the people of Uganda.

Moses Ogwang, the Police Community Liaison Officer - CLO in Gulu says he benefitted tremendously from the seniority and guidance of the late RDC who was committed to the service of humanity as the President’s representative in the District.

Gulu LCV Chairperson Martin Ojara Mapenduzi described Late Lapolo as a great man and a true patriot who cherished unity and prioritized the security of the Acholi people.

Fiona Ladwar, a journalist expressed shock over the sudden passing of Lapolo who is remembered for encouraging sons and daughters of Acholi to join security forces to ensure peace and security in the country.

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Maj Telesphor Turyamumanya, the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson, says that the deceased was a senior citizen who was considered a mentor, creative, courteous and flexible officer who lived a selfless life for others.

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Lapolo’s last official appearance was at Sir Samuel Baker School on December 29th where he officiated the passing out of 399 Special Police Constables - SPCs deployed to provide security in the forthcoming general elections.

However, there were moments during his service that he was involved in controversies that included declining to hand over his office to Mwaka Emmanuel Lutukumoi in 2015. At the time, Lutukumoi was serving as Deputy RDC in Lira District was promoted the RDC Kitgum by President Yoweri Museveni.

In September 2020, a security guard attached to Gulu College of Health Sciences sought justice after he accused Lapolo of slapping him severally. He had he declined to open the gate of the College which was used at a treatment center when a COVID-19 patient over space limitations.

In 2007, as the then RDC of Pader ordered for the caning of Lonzio Odora, a Religious Education teacher at Patongo Primary School in then Agago County after the RDC caught him red-handed administering corporal punishment to pupils. He later apologized for his actions.