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Five Bukedea police officers charged with murder, robbery in LCV polls mess

The State House Anti Corruption Unit in liaison with Regional Police, Kyoga East, have arraigned and charged 5 Police officers attached to Bukedea before the Magistrates Court of Bukedea.

The officers (pictured) were charged with Aggrevated Robbery and remanded till 27th July 2023.

BUKEDEA, UGANDA: The State House Anti Corruption Unit in liaison with Regional Police, Kyoga East, have arraigned and charged 5 Police officers attached to Bukedea before the Magistrates Court of Bukedea.

The officers who included D/ASP Ehguloiti Alex, PC Akankwasa Onesmus, D/C Oriokot Simon Peter, PC Kamakoin Difas &PC Born Naibei were charged with Aggravated Robbery and remanded till 27th July 2023.

According to an SHACU report regarding the charges against the officers, it is alleged that on the night of 4/06/23 the accused armed with SMG guns, broke into the house of Agume Alfred, a campaign agent of candidate Omagor Steven.

Their intention was to steal Omagor’s Electoral documents & other property in order to bar him from being nominated in the recently concluded LCV by-elections in Bukedea District.

Mr Enguloit, who first appeared in the dock, was charged with four counts, two cases of murder, and two cases of aggravated torture under case number 9 of 2023, under CRB 002 of 2022.

The particulars that Ms Kimono read out indicate that Enguliot killed Paul Anguria and Michael Ojangole, and also orchestrated aggravated torture of the same deceased persons.

The officer was not allowed to plead guilty since the charges require the High Court. 

The two deceased persons are part of the suspects who died in the police cells under mysterious circumstances in early 2022. They had been arrested over a murder case in Kachumabala Sub-county, Bukedea District, but before they were arraigned in court, they were found dead in Bukedea CPS cells.

Enguloit was also jointly charged with the other four of two different aggravated robberies.

In count one, her worship Kimono stated that Enguliot, Oriokot, Naaibei, Kamakoin and Akankwasa on June 4 robbed Mr David Steven Omagor of Shs163 million.
In count two, the five officers reportedly robbed Beatrice Anyait of Shs15 million on the eve of the nomination day. 

The five officers were asked not to enter a plea since the matter is above the jurisdiction of Ms Kimono.

These files were processed and the suspect D/ASP Ehguloiti has been charged with murder and aggravated torture of two suspects in Police custody, who later succumbed to injuries.

The inquest into the Bukedea LC5 by-election came after President Museveni in a June 26 letter directed the head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, Brig Gen Henry Isoke to investigate the alleged irregularities that marred the by-election.

The Bukedea LC5 chairperson seat fell vacant after the demise of Moses Olemukan in December 2022. The gap drew interest from seven aspirants, however, due to alleged intimidation from government big wigs in Bukedea, only three candidates were nominated.

They include Ms Mary Akol of NRM, Mr Sam Oita Odeke of FDC, and Mr Lokwiisk Tychicus Ebukalin, an Independent. 

Ms Akol was declared the winner with 79,692 votes, Mr Ebukalin came second with 4,941 votes, while Mr Odeke came a distant third with 2,343 votes.

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