FEBRUARY 4, 2010: 3000 Denied Water in Kotido

3000 Denied Water in Kotido
SOURCE: Monitor
By Olandason Wanyama

Kampala — OVER 3,000 people in Panyangara sub-county in Kotido district were denied water during a peaceful demonstration held by the youth.

The youth demanded that the residents produce the assailants who murdered the aspirant for the Kotido LC5 chairmanship.

The district LC5 youth councillor, Cephas Aleper, was gunned down by unknown assailants a week ago. Aleper had expressed interest in campaigning for the post during the 2011 general elections. The district deputy speaker, Judith Napeyok, was also injured in the shooting.

The incident happened while they were crossing Panyangara Bridge, about 3kms from Kotido town.

About 700 boreholes were damaged by the youth who were armed with sticks and spanners.

The youth also stormed the villages and threatened to close all the health centres in the sub-county if the suspects were not identified. One suspect was later handed to the Police.

The Karamoja regional Police spokesperson, George Obia, confirmed the arrest of four other suspects in connection with the murder.

Obia said the UPDF and the Police had recovered a gun, mobile telephones and money from the suspects which would be used as exhibits.

He urged the residents to remain calm and wait for the results of the Police investigation.

Obia thanked the residents for assisting the Police with the arrests.

The Moroto district LC5 vice chairperson, Grace Oyugi, condemned the act saying a number of aspirants for political posts in the district had died in the same way in the last decade.