Kyoga North Regional Police Commander, SSP Nkulega Peter has blocked a meeting that had been scheduled for today in Lira to ease tension triggered by the death of 11 year Dickens Okello.
The meeting was expected to be attended by Security Minister, Gen. Elly Tumwiine; Members of Parliament from Lango; traditional and religious leaders; local government leaders; RDCs; DISOs; business leaders, Asian community and DPCs in Lango sub-region.
A closed door meeting between Gen. Tumwiine and Lango Parliamentary Group members led by Oyam district woman MP, Santa Alum resolved to travel to the ground on Friday for a meeting with stakeholders in Lira town.
ChimpReports however has seen a copy of a letter from the RPC to Santa Alum copied to Internal Minister JJ Odongo and to Tumwiine himself, advising for the calling off of the meeting.
The RPC said the meeting would require clearance from the Inspector General of Police, Okoth Ochola.
“Since the meeting involves various stakeholders in Lango and investors, there is need to get guidance from the Inspector General of Police,” said part of the letter.
SSP Nkulega stated without substantiating that “criminal elements” want to take advantage of the meeting to cause chaos.
“According to intelligence briefs on the ground, there are criminal elements who are mobilizing to cause chaos and demonstration using the said meeting,” noted the RPC.
He remarked that the matter is still fresh and before court making it sub-judice to be discussed.
“The matter concerning the alleged murder of 11 old Dickens Okello by two suspected Asians is still fresh on the minds of locals, and the case is before courts of law. It is advisable not to discuss the matter before court.”
Adding: “Basing on the above, you are advised to call off the meeting.”
Efforts to reach Tumwiine on phone were futile as his known phone numbers were unavailable.
The meeting is however yet to be called off.