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Two arrested in Lamwo over torturing suspected cattle thief

Suspected cattle thief being tortured

Suspected cattle thief being tortured

Two people have been arrested in Lamwo district, northern Uganda on allegations of torturing and causing severe bodily injuries on a suspected cattle thief.

David Kasasira alias Kanyankole, who is the owner of the bull and his accomplice Derrick Opoka, were arrested after allegedly torturing Geoffrey Ocen, 23, hailing from Dyang B village in Palabek Gem sub-county, Lamwo district.  

They were arrested on Friday evening after a viral video of the incident showed the suspected thief tied upside down on a tree and severely beaten with clubs by a mob.

In the video, the suspect pleaded for mercy and stated that he was never aware of the allegations, but he was still beaten and asked to acknowledge his bad deeds to secure his freedom.  

The act drew uproar from the Acholi community in Uganda and the diaspora. Artist Jennifer Lawala expressed dismay and called on the local leaders and stakeholders to denounce such actions and apprehend all persons who were involved.

David Ongom Mudong, the Aswa River Region police spokesperson said that the two persons were arrested from their hideouts following a manhunt that was launched by the security after the video emerged. They are now held at Lamwo Central police station, while the pursuit continues for their accomplices who are still in hiding.

The area chairperson, Patrick Okot says he was also assaulted while trying to stop them from beating Ocen. He added that the cattle have since been recovered. 

Meanwhile, the victim Ocen who is a local farmer is currently battling severe bodily injuries, passing loose stool, and cannot move on his own due to severe back and waist pain and is stuck at home with his ailing condition due to lack of money for better health care.

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+1 #1 Jose 2021-08-02 07:49
What's kasasira or kanyankole as he would want to be called, doing in Lamwo!!
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-1 #2 kasede 2021-08-02 11:10
Quoting Jose:
What's kasasira or kanyankole as he would want to be called, doing in Lamwo!!
Ugandans can llive anywhere of their choice in Uganda. WE SHALL NOT ACCEPT "TRIBAL-APARTHEID" FULL STOP. The issue her is THEFT OF A COW and HOW IT IT WAS HANDLED.
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0 #3 Yumbe 2021-08-02 12:17
This is a very primitive way of doing things. What are the roles of police and judicial system?
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+1 #4 Lakwena 2021-08-02 13:08
it is unbelievable that in the background, some people just sat a watched as if nothing terrible was happening.

In other words, One can only imagine the kind of torture that take place behind the closed doors of Safe-housed.

That is how low Ugandans have been dehumanized: apathy, no more conscience and concern for others and causing grievous harm without blinking.

God, where are you?
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0 #5 Yumbe 2021-08-02 16:09
Quoting Lakwena:
it is unbelievable that in the background, some people just sat a watched as if nothing terrible was happening.

In other words, One can only imagine the kind of torture that take place behind the closed doors of Safe-housed.

That is how low Ugandans have been dehumanized: apathy, no more conscience and concern for others and causing grievous harm without blinking.

God, where are you?


The "Making of Society for Self Destruction" would be the title of my book.

Lakwena, that is the society in which they have grown and known. The type of a society is determined by where you live, what you see and later practice them.
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0 #6 Olum S. 2021-08-03 17:09
Quoting Yumbe:
This is a very primitive way of doing things. What are the roles of police and judicial system?


That’s why you see individuals resorting to taking the law into their own hands.

This shows a combination of total lack of faith in the existing so-called justice system, and/or total absence of honest, incorruptible law enforcement officers.

This type of vigilante justice is something that’s happening all around the country, and is bound to worsen as levels of abject poverty shoots up, with more desperate people taking up more desperate measures just to survive.
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