According to statistics obtained from police in Aswa River Region, a total of 366 homicide cases were registered in Acholi Sub –Region in a period of 15 months. Out those cases, 301 were from January to December 2020 while 65 were from January to March this year.
residents of Gulu have raised concerns over the rampant cases of homicides in
to statistics obtained from Police in Aswa River Region, a total of 366
homicide cases were registered in Acholi Sub-–Region in a period of 15 months.
Out of those cases, 301 were from January to December 2020, while 65 were recorded from
January to March this year.
recent case was a murder by assault under Gulu CRB 409/2021 last Tuesday
afternoon where Denise Uhuru, 23, a resident of Bungatira Sub-County in Gulu
District was allegedly assaulted by one identified as Paul Rubangakene, 20,
over a misunderstanding.
to the police report, Uhuru was rushed to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital where she
was later pronounced dead. Rubangakene was arrested and charged with
murder contrary to section 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act.
Roman Odoch, the Defense Secretary of Atyaba Parish, Bungatira Sub-County in Gulu
district says three people have so far been murdered in his area between April 18-26th.
to Odoch, homicides are more rampant in the rural areas than urban centers and
that youths are the main perpetrators. Odoch appealed to the relevant authorities
to popularize the different laws governing the country among the local
community in a bid to curb down the vices.
Karanga, another local says domestic violence is the major factor leading to
the rise of homicides in Acholi Sub –Region and that the vice is mainly caused by the economic hardships most families are going through. He
appealed to the different stakeholders to tackle the issue of economic hardship in the
region in a bid to eliminate the factors leading to rampant homicides.
Atimango, another resident who expressed worry over the rampant homicides
says most of these cases begin within families and among relatives.
Cue in: “The reason why…
out …suicide and others.” //
Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson says the homicides
range from murder by assault, murder by strangulation, murder by shooting to
murder as a result of domestic violence. He attributes the rampant homicides to
inadequate community policing by police and other development partners due to
challenges like the outbreak of COVID -19.
Cue in: “We have not…
out …that are sent.” //
also added that police were availed with mega phones to sensitize community
against criminal acts during the period of lockdown but that the mega phones
were only useful in urban areas hence, leaving out the locals in rural areas
where crimes are rampant.
Cue in: “We have been…
out …the biggest challenge.” //
appeals to the cultural and religious leaders and also family heads to join efforts
in combating the rampant murder cases mainly arising from land wrangles and
Cue in: “These death cases…
out …most common ones.” //
Okwonga Adek, the Chief of Pageya Clan condemned the rampant homicides in
Acholi Sub –Region saying it is totally against the Acholi cultural values.
Onono Onweng, the retired Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda and also the
Chairman of Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative –ARLPI however called
upon all religious leaders to use their platforms to preach against
misunderstandings that normally result into homicides.
to the Police Annual Crime report of 2020, a total of 4,460 homicide cases were
registered in 2020 compared to 4,718 registered in 2019.