Bukwo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Flags are flying at half-mast in Bukwo district following the death of the Chief Administrative Officer, Charles Ogwang who was gunned down on Friday last week.
Unknown assailants shot Ogwang in Kiryowa village, a few kilometers from Matugga town council while driving his official vehicle registration number UG-0865Z from Kampala to Lira district. He breathed his last at Bombo Military Hospital where he was rushed for treatment. Now, Bukwo district council has declared five days of mourning for the deceased.
Cheptegei Marisa, the Speaker of Bukwo district council, says that they declared five days of mourning in recognition of the deceased contribution to the district. He says that during the mourning period, all district, sub-county, and town council offices will be closed.
Edwin Siya Yeko, the Bukwo District Social Services Secretary says that the district has lost a good person who will never be replaced. He has called for heightened security in the country arguing that several people have died in a similar manner as Ogwang.
Tonny Ochen, an employee in Bukwo who hails from the same region as the late Ogwang called for unity among leaders to foster development.
Henry Kapukwamba, the representative of older persons and a cultural leader in Sebei region described the deceased Ogwang as a mentor and counselor, who worked for the good of the district.
George Kiprotich, the Bukwo District Production Secretary says that the district was embroiled in chaos because Ogwang was posted as CAO, which he addressed and saved them billions of money being returned to the treasury by completing stalled projects.
Police have since resolved that Ogwang’s murder was premeditated although they are yet to establish the motive of the attack. At least four people including the deceased’s driver are in police custody to help with the investigations. Ogwang will be laid to rest on Saturday at his ancestral home in Lira district.