The family of a Gulu City police officer, Simon Onencan Okot who
was shot dead are demanding compensation from the government.
Police Constable Onencan aged 34, attached to the Field Force Unit
– FFU was gunned down by unknown people on the wee hours of Friday 14th, May
2020 near the main entrance to Gulu Police barracks.
At the time when he met his death, Onencan was deployed to guard
St. Tereza Primary School, a private education institution located in the East
Division of Gulu City. He was shot four bullets in the chest, stomach, arm and
He was laid to rest last week on Friday at his ancestral home in
Omee village, Palwong Parish, Pabbo Sub-County in Amuru District. Uganda Police
Force – UPF management handed over 890,000 Shillings to the family to cater for
However, Justine Opwonya, the deceased’s young brother says that
the two widows and the four children who are aged between 1-10 years have lost
their sole breadwinner and require more financial support to help them cope
with the irreversible loss since the deceased was killed on the line of duty.
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Fred Eriku, the officer in charge of the Criminal Intelligent Investigations
Department – CIID for Aswa River Region Police says investigations have not yet
yielded much and further inquiries were still ongoing to ascertain Onencan’s
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Eriku observed that the public always points accusing fingers at the police for
delaying investigations yet cases of capital nature like murder are sometimes
very complex to probe and may last between 3-6 months or even a year to adduce
concrete prosecution evidence.
Following the incident, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson David Ongom
Mudong said an AK-47 assault rifle registration number 56-5827712-32506 with 30
rounds belonging to the deceased, his motorcycle, a phone and four cartridges
were discovered near his body.
Meanwhile, the Regional Police Commander – RPC Damalie Nachuha condemned the
incident and called the bereaved family and the public to remain calm and give
the investigators time to do their work to bring the perpetrators to book.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.