Thursday March 7 2013

Man killed over dowry

By Frank Jean Okot


When Lawrence Ojok, 25, started cohabiting with Sarah Apiyo last year, little did he know he might have to pay a heavy price with his life.

A peasant farmer in Ngetta Sub-county, Ojok was reportedly killed on Sunday night around 9.30pm by his father-in- law and brother-in-law for allegedly delaying to pay dowry. It is alleged that the duo accused him of impregnating Apiyo, 24, and failing to pay dowry.

However, the deceased’s relatives claim he had given at least four cows to Apiyo’s relatives. Ojok was meant to pay Shs6m and 10 animals. Lake Kyoga central north police spokesperson Sowed Manshur confirmed the incident, saying further investigations are ongoing.

In light of this and other killings, the Adekokwok Sub-county councilor, Mr Moses Ogwang Adonyo, has urged the government to create psychosocial centres to offer help to residents. “Counselling is a key element in the post-war conflict era. As much as infrastructure development is in place, the people who will benefit should be of sound mind,” Mr Adonyo said.