Kyoga North Regional Police Commander, SSP Nkulega Peter has in a rare move blocked a meeting that was scheduled to take place in Lira on Saturday with aim of easing tensions that was triggered following the death of 11 year Dickens Okello.
The important meeting was to be attended by Security Minister General Elly Tumwine, MPs from Lango sub-region, cultural leaders, Asian communities,religious leaders and other security officials from Lango sub-region.
In a private meeting between General Tumwine and Lango Parliamentary Group, it was resolved that members should travel to the ground on Friday to have a meeting with with various stakeholders in Lira town.
However, the Regional Police Commander in a letter to Oyam woman member of parliament Santa Alum copied to Internal Minister JJ Odongo and to Tumwiine himself, the police chief advised organisers to call off of the meeting.
The RPC reasoned that such meeting would require clearance from the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola.
“Since the meeting involves various stakeholders in Lango and investors, there is need to get guidance from the Inspector General of Police,” said part of the letter.
SSP Nkulega further claims that some “criminal elements” within the area want to take advantage of the meeting to cause chaos.
“According to intelligence briefs on the ground, there are criminal elements who are mobilizing to cause chaos and demonstration using the said meeting,” noted the RPC.
He advised the organisers to avoid discussing the matter which is still before court making it sub-judice to be discussed.
“The matter concerning the alleged murder of 11 old Dickens Okello by two suspected Asians is still fresh on the minds of locals, and the case is before courts of law. It is advisable not to discuss the matter before court,” the RPC added.
Adding: “Basing on the above, you are advised to call off the meeting.”