Police, UPDF Clash Over Murder Suspect

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In short
Warrant Officer 11 David Lukwago was arrested a few days after he allegedly shot one Gustus Longole, a Turkana under mysterious circumstances.

Police in Amudat District have clashed with the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces after they denied a UPDF murder suspect to be charged in a civilian court.

Warrant Officer 11 David Lukwago was arrested a few days after he allegedly shot one Gustus Longole, a Turkana under mysterious circumstances in November.  

Irene Aceng, the Karamoja Regional Police spokesperson confirms the incident saying the file had been sanctioned after writing a charge and caution statement. She explains that when the police wanted the suspect handed over to be taken to the civil court, the army refused saying their Division Court Martial would handle the matter. 
She adds that now the file has been handed over to the South Karamoja crime desk for further scrutiny.

Capt. Dominic Logwe, the UPDF 3rd Division in-charge of civil military relations says the army is interested in the case, and that it cannot allow its officer be taken to a civilian court.

He explains that Lukwago committed a capital offence that makes him a court martial material.

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Lukwago has been transferred from 407 Brigade Headquarters' in Nakapiripirit district to Moroto quarter guard where he is being held.

 

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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.