Cabinet Forms Committee to Handle Lira Crisis

The weekly Cabinet meeting on Monday this week formed an ad hoc committee to handle the crisis in Lira triggered by the death of death of 11 year old Dickens Okello, who was allegedly killed by  two Indians.

ChimpReports has learned that the committee comprising of a dozen ministers from 6 ministries is chaired by the Security Minister, Gen. Elly Tumwine.

The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Betty Amongi, who hails from Lango and represents Oyam South constituency, is said to be a crucial member of the committee.

Other ministers are from Internal Affairs, Trade, Industries and Cooperatives, Health and Gender Labor and Social Development.

When contacted on phone, Gen. Tumwiine confirmed the development but declined to divulge details on their scope of work and instead urged our reporter to wait for official communication.

“Yes there is a committee put in place to address the issues (in Lango). I don’t have much to tell you. Wait for official information,” said Tumwiine.

According to sources the committee has been silently doing its work since Monday and members are expected to travel to the ground on Tuesday next week.

The government statement on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday did not mention creation of the Cabinet committee.


The committee is said to be closely in touch with Lira Municipality Member of Parliament, Jimmy Akena who is also the husband of Lands Minister a member of the committee.

Other officials in Lango in touch with the committee are: Lira District Chairman, Oremo Alot; RDC Milton Odong; Lira Municipality Mayor, Ogwang Veve; DPC Joel Tubanone; DISO and Chief Administrative Officer Mark Tivu.

When contacted on phone, Akena said he is actively on the ground as the Lira municipality MP and not necessarily doing Cabinet committee work.

“I am on the ground as the area MP where much of the event is playing out and Indians reside in Lira municipality,” said Akena.

A radio station remains closed in Lira and over 40 people  in custody at the Central Police Station.

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