Gunmen kill former URA boss

Mr Tony Olanya who worked with the URA before retiring in 2014, was gunned down at his home in Ayul A, Pager Division, at about 8.30pm UNDER unclear circumstances, according to the police. Courtesy photo

What you need to know:

  • In June, Ms Alice Akello, 30, a business woman in Kitgum Municipality, survived with severe injuries after thugs armed with AK-47 rifles attacked her at her home.
  • By press time, police had not made any arrest in connection with the murder.

KITGUM. Grief and fear has gripped residents of Kitgum Municipality after unknown gunmen shot dead Mr Tony Olanya, the former head of Customs and Immigration at Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) in the district on Tuesday evening.
Mr Olanya, who worked with the URA before retiring in 2014, was gunned down at his home in Ayul A, Pager Division, at about 8.30pm under unclear circumstances, according to the police.

The deceased owned a mobile money outlet and had just been appointed as Chairperson Public Account committee in Kitgum Municipality.

His death comes only a week after unknown gunmen shot dead Ms Grace Ageno, a judicial official and also Kitgum municipality councillor.

Kitgum District Police Commander Jackson Baryampika confirmed the shooting dead of Mr Olanya in a telephone interview with Daily Monitor on
Wednesday. He said the deceased was shot five times in the stomach by two men armed with a gun and machete.

“The deceased was with his wife taking tea when two gunmen stormed his house; they demanded money before shooting him. He died from
over bleeding,” Mr Baryampika said.

He said police has launched investigation into the killing.

Mr Baryamipika blamed the upsurge in gun violence in the district on the influx of refugees; some of whom he says some crossed into the country with illegal ammunitions.

He said the body of the deceased has been taken to Kitgum Hospital for post-mortem test.

By press time, police had not made any arrest in connection with the murder.
The deceased becomes the sixth person to be gunned down by unknown assailants in Kitgum Municipality since the year began.

Past shooting
In July this year, gunmen shot dead Christine Omoya and injured her husband Mzee Lamson Omoya, a retired clergy of the Anglican Church.
Security officials suspected the shooting could have been triggered by a land dispute.

In June, Ms Alice Akello, 30, a business woman in Kitgum Municipality, survived with severe injuries after thugs armed with AK-47 rifles attacked her at her home.

In the same month, Mr Francis Okumu, a health worker in Lamwo district, was shot twice in the legs by unknown gunmen from his home in Bardege village, Kitgum Municipality. The assailants made off with Shs1 million and a laptop.

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