Amuru NRM boss arrested over theft


Arrested for theft, Opolacen. File Photo.

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People in Amuru are in shock following the arrest of Amuru district NRM chairperson Richard Opolacen over theft.

Opolacen who was arrested on Thursday is now in police custody after he reportedly stole five cows.

According to police, the five cows were part of the sixty-seven stolen from Layima and abandoned near Omer River in Amuru Sub County.

The cows were early this month stolen from an old man, only identified as Mzee Lakan.

Aswa region police spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema confirmed the arrest of the NRM chief Opolacen, saying investigations into the theft are on course.

Police told TND News, Opolacen, currently under detention at Amuru central police station will appear before Amuru Grade One Magistrate Court for sentencing following his arrest. The five recovered cows are currently at Amuru central police station.

TND efforts to speak to Opolacen were futile as he was already in police cells.

Amuru town council LC-III chairperson Richard Komakech said the residents became suspicious after Opolacen’s night acquisition of the cows.

“The neighbors saw cows at the home of Opolacen and got suspicious. They were wondering how he got all five cows overnight so they reported to police,” Komakech said.

Opolacen served as the Amuru Sub-county Local Council III Chairperson before he was trounced in 2011 polls.


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