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Lango MPs call for speedy investigation into Bukwo CAO’s shooting

Lango Parliamentary Group chairperson Judith Alyek.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Legislators from Lango sub-region have called for a thorough and expeditious investigation into the killing of the acting Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Bukwo district, Charles Robert Ogwang.

According to the police report, Ogwang was waylaid on July 8, 2022 in Kiryowa village, Bombo along the Kampala-Gulu highway. His attackers shot him 26 times and set his vehicle ablaze in an attack which has since been classified as targeted.

Lango Parliamentary Group chairperson Judith Alyek says that the police, in its investigation should not treat lightly the alleged rift between the deceased and Bukwo District Local Government leaders, saying there is documentary evidence to prove the motive to end Ogwang’s life.

Alyek tabled their concerns during a plenary sitting chaired by Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa on Tuesday. She also announced that the late Ogwang will be laid to rest on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

By the time Ogwang was shot, local leaders in Bukwo had written to the Ministry of Local Government asking to replace him. In their letter, the petitioners accused Ogwang of being irregular at work, failing to discipline errant staff, witch-hunt and forgery of District Executive Committee minutes among others.

The District Executive Committee members had also threatened to lay down tools if Ogwang was not transferred and replaced. However, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa advised MPs to refrain from making premature conclusions on matters of criminal nature which is already under investigation.

During the same sitting, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja said that the government is hopeful that justice will be dispensed in Ogwang’s case following clues that police obtained about the suspected assassins.

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