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DP to Open Private Prosecution Over Gulu Shooting

Now, Lyandro Komakech, the Gulu Municipality and Member of DP, says the party is considering private prosecution because of the strengths of the private prosecutor to have more control over the proceedings and gain a faster turnaround and final outcome.
Accused UPDF killer Lance Corporal Geoffrey Odaga involved in Gulu shooting on Friday August 3, 2018
Democratic Party-DP plans to open private prosecution against the Uganda People's Defense Forces soldier behind the gruesome shooting of three people at a pub in Gulu town on August 3rd, 2018. 

Lance Corporal, Geoffrey Odaga, a soldier attached to the Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF stormed Smiling Panda 2 pub in Kabedo-Opong in Bar-dege division in Gulu Municipality and robbed cash before firing at revelers.

Three revelers died on spot including DP's Protocol Officer, Richard Denis Ochen, Sunday Wokorach Ouma - the pub owner and Yasin Fred, a resident of Gulu. Another reveler, Jimmy Ojok escaped with gunshot wounds. 

Ochen, the former DP organizing secretary was set to graduate in January 2019 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration –BBA from Gulu University. 

Now, Lyandro Komakech, the Gulu Municipality and Member of DP, says the party is considering private prosecution because of the strengths of the private prosecutor to have more control over the proceedings and gain a faster turnaround and final outcome.

A private prosecution is a criminal proceeding initiated by an individual or private organization as opposed to a public prosecutor who represents the state. Private prosecutions are allowed in many jurisdictions under common law, but have become less frequent in modern times as most prosecutions are now handled by professional public prosecutors instead of private individuals who retain attorneys.

The suspect is already being tried by the UPDF General Court Martial chaired by Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti and six other top military officers sitting at Gulu District Council Hall.

The soldier faces three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and aggravated robbery. The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges brought against him at the first reading but later changed his plea to guilty.