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Kitgum Court Case Against Clergy Dismissed

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The Magistrates Court in Kitgum has dismissed the case in which a reverend and two lay church leaders are accused of subjecting a bishop to illegal confinement.
Reverend William Oketa, the Kitgum former Diocesan Secretary, Lowum Daramoi and the deputy principal of Kitgum Core PTC, Arop p' Acire are accused of locking up Bishop Benjamin Ojwang, of Kitgum Diocese in the church in 2007.
Bishop Ojwang told Kitgum magistrates court that Reverend William Oketa, connived with Daramoi and Arop to lock him up in the vestry.
Court heard that tension between Bishop Ojwang and Reverend William Oketa, broke out last year when a group of Christians opposed to Bishop Ojwang, stormed the diocesan offices in Kitgum and locked him up in the vestry.
But on Friday the magistrates court presided over by Grade One Magistrate, Elia Kakooza, on Friday dismissed the case on grounds that the case was dragging on for long because prosecution witnesses had failed to turn up for the hearing.
The grade one magistrate also said that the two parties have been granted an opportunity to settle the matter out of court. He said this would pave way for reconciliation.
He said that the accused represented by their lawyers, Jude Ogik of Jude Ogik and Company Advocates must find an amicable solution to the stalemate between the church leaders.

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