Lira – Pakistani businessmen in Lira town have contributed assortment of items to cater for the burial of 11 year old Dickens Okello, who is suspected to have been murdered by two Indian nationals last week on Friday.
The items worth over 3 million shillings include 20 boxes of mineral water, a sack of cassava, three goats, bags of rice, three Jerricans of cooking oil, four boxes of soap, sacks of beans and maize flour.
Some of the Pakistani businessmen who mobilized resources for the decent sending [as they say] of Dickens Okello, include; Sardar Iqal Zahoor, the vice chairperson of the Pakistan Association in Lira, Sadar Tasswar Husain of Hussein Rose (U) Limited and Tanveer Butt of Butt Sports Limited, among others.
They were all present to hand over the items to a representative of the family, Gilbert Odongo, the councilor of Alito sub-county on behalf of Kole district local government.
“As Pakistani Community, we are concerned about what happened, it is not right for one to take the life of another, and we felt the need to stand with the family and we had to contribute towards the burial arrangement,” Ateeq Nawaz, the president of Pakistan Association of Uganda said while handing over the items to Gilbert Odongo on Friday.
Agha Aslam, the PAU media co-coordinator said they were deeply angered by the unfortunate incident that took the life of Dickens Okello but called for calm from the community.
He said: “As Pakistani community we will continue to support the community in Largo and participate in Cooperate Social Responsibilities.”
Speaking after receiving the items at one of the Pakistani factories on Kwania road, Lira Municipality, Gilbert Odongo, who represented the family said they are grateful for the support from the Pakistani Community in Uganda [PAU] especially those in Lira.
Mr Odongo invited them for the burial in Alito sub-county in Kole district tomorrow.
“Feel free to come for the burial at 10 am tomorrow. The incident is being investigated, and we hope the culprits will be brought to book,” Odongo told PAU-Lira.
Meanwhile, there is presence of both military and police patrols on the streets of Lira amidst tension among people who are angry about the gruesome murder of young boy.
It’s being alleged that some locals are organizing stripped protest to show their anger after the killing of Dickens Okello by suspected two Indian nationals who until now are being held by police in Kole.
On Friday morning, a large number of people were heading to Kole district to receive the body of innocent boy.
Hundreds of mourners left Lira for Kole with fleets of cars. This contemporary news website also learnt that some people rode their motorcycles to Oyam district headquarters [Anyeke health Centre IV] before leaving for Alito sub-county in Kole district.
The deceased body was taken to Anyeke Health Center IV in Oyam district for preservation.
On Friday morning, the body left Oyam for Alito where a funeral mass will be held at his village Church a head of burial tomorrow.