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Karamoja Elders Reconcile Kapchorwa Chief Magistrate, Cousin

Lorika promised to withdraw the case of attempted murder that he filed against Teko at Moroto Central Police Station. Alex Lemu Longoria, the former Mayor of Moroto Municipality appealed to the judiciary not to take any further action against Teko, saying that the issue has been resolved.
16 Sep 2021 09:48
 A group of elders in Karamoja has reconciled Brince Teko Lokeris, the Kapchorwa Chief magistrate and his cousin Athio Lorika. Teko, who is also the son of Peter Lokeris, the state Minister for Minerals was arrested on Saturday for allegedly drawing out a pistol for Lorika after developing a quarrel during their social evening at Mt. Moroto Hotel.

The magistrate was locked up at Moroto central police station and was released on police bond on Monday morning. Shortly after his release from police custody, Teko denied drawing a weapon on his cousin and described the accusations as malicious and aimed at destroying his reputation in the judiciary. Teko confirmed owning a licensed firearm but insisted that he didn’t draw it out for his cousin.

This prompted five Karamojong elders led by Colonasi Kodet, the proprietor of Mt. Moroto hotel to summon the warring parties for reconciliation. Kodet said that it was uncalled for children of the same family to fight. During the meeting, Abura Pirir, one of the elders made Teko and Lorika to shake hands and share a drink as a sign of forgiving each other.  

Lorika promised to withdraw the case of attempted murder that he filed against Teko at Moroto Central Police Station. Alex Lemu Longoria, the former Mayor of Moroto Municipality appealed to the judiciary not to take any further action against Teko, saying that the issue has been resolved.  

"You know Mr. Teko is the only Karimojong chief magistrate after Joshua Maruk was suspended over unclear issues. So, we would want to assure the judiciary that everything has been rectified, “he said. Paul Abul, the Secretary for Karamoja Elders Association cautioned the two brothers never to bicker again. "You are brothers and children Karimoja why are you fighting. Stop and love each other, “he said.

The intervention of the elders comes a few days after the Judiciary Chief Registrar, Sarah Langa Siu directed the Inspectorate of the court to investigate Teko’s conduct, saying the findings will form the basis of their next course of action.