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Six arrested over soldier’s murder

Police in Oyam district has arrested six suspects believed to be linked to the murder of security personnel, Vincent Olanya.

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This reporter has since learnt that Olanya was an intelligence officer with the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), attached to Loro army detach.

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His body was recovered in a swamp at Onea village, Kamdini sub-county in Oyam district something that raised alarm among the residents in the area.

The North Kyoga region police spokesperson, Patrick Okema, says it is alleged that last week, the deceased went with some workers to harvest sunflower from his garden located in Onea A village aboard a vehicle registration number UBD 097G Toyota Hiace, and along, he allegedly hired a boda-boda rider identified as Morris Opio to take him to the trading center to borrow a tapeline but never returned.

The village’s LCI chairman, Daniel Acaa, reported that the soldier’s body was recovered at the swamp and it has since been moved to the 4th division army headquarters mortuary in Gulu district for postmortem.

There have been a series of attacks on security officers. In September this year, seven armed men attacked Busiika Police Station killing three police officers. The two who were killed instantly were identified as: Alex Wagaluka, the officer-in-charge of investigations and police constable, Moses Ongol.

Steven Odama, the other one, died a day later after being shot at seven times and having his internal organs such as the lungs damaged as a result.

Last year, a police officer attached to Wamala region was killed as robbers raided a Chinese plywood factory in Kigalama, Kassanda District.

In 2020, four police officers were attacked by machete-wielding imbalu dancers in Manafwa district in eastern Uganda. Imbalu is a cultural ritual dance performed by the Bamasaba during the circumcision ceremony.

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