Crime

KWANIA: Deputy RDC Jonga arrested over assault

Mr Jonga who has been Deputy RDC for over five (5) years, was arrested yesterday after beating up Ms Akullu to near death in front of the people.

Jacob Jonga (Pictured) allegedly assaulted Alebtong RDC Ms Jillian Akullu on Sunday while at Gulu University main library over unclear reasons.

KWANIA, UGANDA: Police in Gulu City are holding the Kwania Deputy Resident District Commissioner (D/RDC) Mr Jacob Jonga over the physical assault of Ms Jillian Akullu, the RDC of Alebtong district.

Mr Jonga who has been Deputy RDC for over five (5) years, was arrested on Sunday after beating up Ms Akullu to near death in front of the people.

It is alleged that at around 8:30 pm, Jonga while at Gulu University main library, opened a fight against Akullu over unclear reasons.

An eyewitness at the time of the incident told DailyExpress that after a workshop, Mr Jonga wanted to jump the queue for the allowances so that he is served before the rest of his colleagues and other officials who had already lined up.

The workshop had been organized by Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) for the stakeholders in West Nile, Acholi, and Lango Sub –Regions at the time she was assaulted.

“Everyone was embarrassed and concerned. Later, Ms Jillian (Akullu) went and whispered to the LCV chairman of Kwania to talk to the Deputy RDC because he had depicted a bad image,” recalls the eyewitness.

According to the eyewitness account, Akullu decided to whisper to the Kwania LC5 chairperson to tame the behaviour of his RDc, something which did not go well with Jonga.

“He got even more furious, looked for her and thumped the lady to near death,” narrates the eyewitness.

His arrest was confirmed by the Office of the President on Monday morning.
“Yes, he has been arrested for assaulting Ms Akullu. We can’t allow such people to taint the good image of the President’s Office. He will have to face the law,” an official from the Office of the President told DailyExpress on Monday morning.

The State House official expressed the need to protect the positive reputation of the President’s Office, stating that individuals who engage in such behaviour should be held accountable and face legal consequences.

The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, David Mudong Ongom said on Monday that the suspect is currently in detention at Gulu Central Police Station as police investigations into the assault case continue.

Section 225 of the Penal Code Act states that any person who unlawfully assaults another commits a misdemeanour, and, on conviction, is liable to imprisonment for one year.

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