Police block Lango clan chiefs’ meeting on killed Kole pupil

Friday November 16 2018



Lira DPC Joel Tubanone. PHOTO BY BILL OKETCH

Lira DPC Joel Tubanone. PHOTO BY BILL OKETCH  

By ISAAC OTWII & BILL OKETCH

Police in Lira District have blocked Lango cultural leaders from meeting to pay their last respect to the Kole pupil who allegedly died in the hands of two Indian nationals on November 9, 2018.
The leaders had planned to hold a meeting at Lango Cultural Centre in Lira Town on Friday, to pay their tribute to Dickens Okello, 11.
Mr Benson Dilla, the speaker of Lango Cultural Foundation, earlier indicated the meeting was to look at “a broader context of the cultural norms in Lango pertaining impunity against humanity”.
Lira District police commander, Mr Joel Tubanone, said such meeting was uncalled for given the current events that have been unfolding following the unfortunate death of the innocent Primary Three pupil of Alito Primary School in Alito Sub-county.

“We are of the view that the timing of the meeting considering the unfavourable security situation prevailing in Lango Sub-region, to mention the untimely demise of Okello Dickens, is not right. The public emotions are high and the meeting may be caught up in a broil,” Mr Tubanone said in a letter dated November 15 addressed to the speaker of Lango Cultural Foundation.
The DPC advised the Lango Cultural Foundation to postpone their meeting to a future date to allow a decent send-off of the deceased.

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