Sunday March 16 2014

Lakwena’s father wants to meet Museveni over pay

Mr Lukoya (L) and a relative. He wants to meet

Mr Lukoya (L) and a relative. He wants to meet President Museveni to help him get paid Shs13 million that court awarded him as damages. PHOTO BY MARTIN ODONG. 

By Julius Ocungi, Martin Odong & Cissy Makumbio


The father of Alice Lakwena, the deceased former rebel leader, Mr Severino Lukoya, wants to meet President Museveni over delayed compensation.

Mr Lukoya was arrested in 2008 on accusations that linked him to a rebel outfit – the Holy Spirit Movement, founded by her daughter – Lakwena.
However, in 2010 the Gulu High Court awarded Mr Lukoya Shs13m in damages for the malicious arrest that was conducted by the then Pader RDC, captain Santo Okot Lapolo, on allegations that he was popularising the Holy Spirit Movement.

Lakwena fled to exile and lived in the Ifo refugee camp near Dadaab in northern Kenya until she died on January 17, 2007. In an interview, Mr Lukoya told the Daily Monitor he was fed up with being frustrated by district officials which has forced him to seek redress from the President.

“I have suffered at the hands of security agencies. I want to meet President Museveni for to ask him for my payment,” he said.
However, the Minister without portfolio in charge of Political Mobilisation, Mr Richard Todwong, advised Mr Lukoya to follow up his compensation with the Attorney General.

“A meeting could be organised for Mr Lukoya on grounds that he had something important to discuss with the President,” he said.