Investigation into the murder of Gulu deputy town clerk irritating  

Gulu Municipality Mayor, Labeja who people claim killed former deputy town clerk last year.

RDC orders Aswa River Police Commander to speed up the inquiry into the death of former deputy town clerk, John Oola Omona.

By David Okema

Gulu – Major Santos Okot Lapolo – the Gulu Resident District Commissioner has directed the Aswa River region Regional Police Commander [DPC], Ezekiel Emitu to expedite investigation into the case of murder of John Oola Omona, the then deputy town clerk of Gulu municipal council.

It is now close to one and half years after the murder of deputy town clerk but no justice to the bereaved family.

The then deputy town clerk, Mr John Oola Omona was murdered on May 23 2017 by unknown people in early at night in his car when he dropped a lady identified as Alice Kipwola at her home in Kanyagoga parish, Bardege division in Gulu municipality.

Major Lapolo’s order came while reacting to the speech of Bardege division chairman Patrick Oola Lumumba on Friday, 12 during 56th Independence Day celebration [belated] at Kaunda grounds in Gulu town.

Speaking last week, at Kaunda grounds, RDC Lapolo alleged that Gulu Municipal Mayor, George Labeja had a hand in the killing of John Oola.

“RPC, I’m sick and tired of hearing about this Oola’s death….! I am directing you to bring into a logical conclusion the investigation and report regarding the death of Oola,” Major Lapolo directed RPC Ezekiel Emitu, the Aswa River Regional police commander.

He noted that some people among others: Lumumba and Pece division chairman, Kelly Komakech were summoned to record statements at police for alleging that Mr Labeja killed the deputy town clerk to help investigation but purposely refused to respond.

“RPC take this so seriously because we want the case brought to its logical conclusion and all those who are saying they have information about the death of Oola, immediately summon them,” he emphasized.

The RDC’s order concurred with the request of Gulu district chairman, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi who also emphasized that culprits in the murder of deputy town clerk be brought to book.

“I have heard on radio Chairman Pece said he knows the person who killed Oola and today I am hearing Lumumba saying the same…. we need whoever says they have information about who killed our brother to be held responsible,” Mr Ojara requested the RDC Major Lapolo who issued a directive earlier.

However, Mr Labeja has seldom denied the allegations, rubbishing it baseless political talks with intention to malice.

He thus called upon his accusers to lodge formal complaint with police so that he is investigated if they claim he (Mr Labeja) is guilty of killing Oola.

In June last year police arrested Filbert Otim Bajuika, a former senior principal officer Amuru district as a prime suspect on allegation that he had unresolved grudge with the deceased over incident that Oola collaborated with Inspectorate of Government on a case that implicated him (Otim) for forging academic document for his job.

Otim’s arrest brought to eleven; the number of people picked as suspects by police over the murder of Oola by mid June last year, according Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa river region police spokesperson.

Others included Brenda Atim Kinyera, Martin Akena, Samuel Odokonyero, Denis Bongomin, Aaron Odong, Alice Kipwola, Thabbo Mbekki. Others were Allan Onek, Jennifer Akello and Wesley Aromo.

Gulu leaders during belated 56th Independence cekebration last week at Kaunda grounds in Gulu town. All photos by David Okema.


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