Police Blocks Lango Cultural Leaders’ Meeting Called to Discuss Kole Child’s Death

Police in Lira have stopped the meeting of Lango clan heads scheduled for today Friday at Lango cultural center located at Ireda, Central Division in Lira town.

The meeting had been called to discuss the way forward following the murder of an 11 year old pupil allegedly by two Indian nationals.

In his letter last evening to the Speaker of Lango Cultural Foundation, the Lira District Police Commandant SP Joel Tubanone said a decision has been taken to allow a decent burial of the deceased, Dickens Okello.

He also noted that emotions are high among people and such a meeting could end in turmoil, advising the speaker to reschedule the meeting to a later date after burial.

The cultural leaders grudgingly agreed to reschedule the meeting to November 17th.

Some however, were dismayed by the police’s intervention, among them the Lango cultural foundation speaker who was organizing the meeting.

A visibly dejected Speaker Dilla, responded by assuring whoever was involved in the child’s death of God’s wrath.

Dilla told ChimpReports that the meeting of clan leaders would help calm the Lango people who are currently unhappy with the Indians doing business in their midst.


Okello Dickens, a primary three pupil of Alito primary school in Kole District was reportedly strangled, killed and dumped by the road side near the country home of Dokolo woman MP Cecilia Ogwal located at Doggudu cell in Alito Sub County.

Doctors who carried out postmortem on the child’s body produced reports that did little to convince the anxious members of the public as they all concurred that cause of death couldn’t be establish by autopsy, something that will make it technically challenging to incriminate the accused”

Dr. Francis Olwa from Lira in his report said there were bruises that appeared commissioned on the boy about five days ago.

A second pathologist in Kampala, Dr. Moses Byeruhanga reported that key areas had already been cut and washed by the first doctor who carried out postmortem on the body and that it was already decomposing with peeling skin.

Dr. Byaruhanga noted that there was a blood clot around the child’s chin but that he could not establish cause of death.

A case file generated by police in Kole central police station was submitted to the resident state attorney Gloria Akello in Lira.

Akello however told this website that the file was defective, lacked key evidences and that she had forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions-DPP in Kampala for guidance.

Most business premises owned by Indian nationals were yesterday reopened for the first time but were not as busy as they used to be. Some supermarkets were however still closed even by evening.

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