“….but I also want to believe that there are some wrong elements in this town who are not happy with our operations……but we must tell them that is just a little joke,” an assertive RCC Egole told the press.
Lira – 7, April 2021: The police in Lira City has commenced investigations into Tuesday’s incident that saw a box of packed urine derived at the office of Lawrence Egole, the Lira Resident City Commissioner (RCC).
Geoffrey Emojong, the acting Lira district police commander (DPC) is taking lead into the inquiry to ascertain the people behind this plot, and also their motive.
The DPC said “there is no cause for alarm”.
“We are appalled with this scenario and we have started our investigation processes and we are optimistic we will identity those involved,” he further told the media, Wednesday.
The box, containing packed urine was first delivered to the home of the area local council one chairperson of Angwetangwet ‘A’ village in Lira City East Division, Mr. Santos Okwir.
“I returned home at around 1pm, and I found a box addressed to the Resident City Commissioner Lawrence Egole, the labels showed that the package was from the Office of the Prime Minister and was first delivered to Gulu before it was first brought to Lira,” Okwir told journalists.
According to Okwir, he became suspicious of the packaged item and wondered why it would first be delivered to his home yet it is addressed to the RCC whose office is known and if at all was delivered by a courier service, it would not be a challenge to locate Egole’s office
It is upon this background that the LC I chairman says he then took a decision to take the package to Lira Central Police Station but the police directed him to deliver it to the designated office as per the labels on the package.
But before it reached the office of the RCC, front desk officers at the City Council out of suspicion, called security officers who opened the box and found 16 bottles filled with ‘multicolored urine’.
At the time the package was delivered, RCC Egole says he was not in office but he was alerted by his office managers.
“….I immediately rushed and was shocked after seeing bottles filled with urine addressed to me,” he said.
Mr Egole says Angwetangwet ‘A’ village where the package was delivered neighbors Ireda Shamba village where he stays, and says this could be engineered by wrong elements who are aggrieved by the tough security measures he instituted to avert criminality in the City.
“We do not know the authenticity of the numbers that are put on the box and we do not know the motive of the persons who delivered the package…….but I also want to believe that there are some wrong elements in this town who are not happy with our operations……but we must tell them that is just a little joke,” an assertive RCC Egole told the press.
This shocker comes two weeks after Egole and Lira DPC Kakaire Adam Mulondo held a joint security meeting at Barogle in Lira City West Division to discuss the deteriorating security situation in the area.
During the meeting, residents complained of security threats posed by children living and working on the streets who are said to rob people at night.
The locals also complained on drinking joints, bars and discotheques that have since ignored curfew and other standard operating procedures on Covid 19, and continue to operate beyond 9 pm while playing loud music which causes noise pollution.
Egole then promised to direct security to intensify on both motorized and foot patrols to weed elements that operate during curfew hours and also pledged to crack down on bars that are in operation and also to arrest drunkards who flock such bars.
And indeed on Friday, police arrested several revelers who were got loitering around drinking places along Lira-Kampala highway.
As part of the measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic, president Museveni in March 2020 closed all drinking places.
Reporting by Frank Oyugi & Jimmy Krapt Olot