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Ayabi Sub County Residents Demand for Police Post

Geoffrey Okwanga, a resident of Aculawic Village says that he has lost valuable items to thieves that have been terrorizing the area for the last 20-years. He said he is ready to give out some land to pave way for the construction of a police post.
A resident shows his semi-permanet house demolished by angered mob (Photo by Solomon Okabo)

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Residents of Ayabi Sub County in Kwania District are demanding a police post to check on the high level of crime in their area.

This follows an incident in which an angry mob armed with machetes, axes and spears stormed Aculawic trading centre and demolished all semi-permanent structures, grass-thatched houses and property belonging to relatives of a suspected thief.

The community accused Ambrose Owiny and his brother Solomon Edok of being behind the theft of domestic animals in the area. They claim the accused persons use vehicles to ferry cows and goats to Lira City and sell them.

A 64-year-old Sylvia Obaa, a widow and a mother of the suspect says her home was completely demolished and all foodstuffs looted. Obaa says that she is now sleeping in a nearby bush together with four children, seeking the intervention of the local leaders.

The residents want the acting Kwania District Police Commander Nelson Odongo to consider setting up a police post in Aculawic on grounds that the area has been rocked by thugs.

Geoffrey Okwanga, a resident of Aculawic Village says that he has lost valuable items to thieves that have been terrorizing the area for the last 20-years. He said he is ready to give out some land to pave way for the construction of a police post.

//Cue in: "Wan okwao outpost ...

Cue out: ... nwo wot oko."//

Sam Okio, a resident of the neighbouring parish of Adok in Adok Sub County Dokolo district condemned the rampant theft cases in the area asking the DPC to immediately set up the police post to restore sanity and lasting peace in the area.

//Cue in: "An atye kede ...

Cue out: ... gin ame okwalo."//

Nelson Odongo, the Kwania acting District Police Commander says that he has already forwarded the concern to police at North Kyoga regional headquarters for consideration.

He however condemned the act of lawlessness, asking the public to always report suspected thieves to the police so that they are dealt with under the law.

//Cue in "Neno tye ni ...

Cue out: ... ame ocwalo ipolici."//

Translation:

Geoffrey Alex Ogwal, the Kwania LCV Chairperson blames the high livestock theft cases in the area for negligence by the owners. He also accused police officers of allegedly taking bribes from suspected thieves, pleading to follow up the matter.

//Cue in: "Okwo ni pe… ue out: ...otyeko kop gi."//

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