PADER – At least 100 clan members of Kilak Kal clan in Pader district have pitched camped at Pader Central Police Station, demanding for the arrest of key suspects in the murder of their relative who died at Kinene Central Prison in Pader district.
It’s alleged that the deceased Bosco Okello Kwenda, 45, was taken to Kinene Central prisons after being arrested for stealing a goat. He was remanded to Kineni Prison, scheduled to return to court on 5th June 2019 for mention of his case.
The deceased Okello had spent two weeks in the prison before the fateful day of 16th of this month.
Mr. Francis Lamony, the vice chairperson of Kilak Kal clan, said in an interview that according to information they have obtained, Okello attempted to escape and when the plans were foiled, he was beaten to death.
“Police in Pader and prison officials are covering up the suspects in the murder but as clan members we want justice to prevail. We shall camp here until the suspects are arrested,’’ he said.
Ms. Pelamena Akello, 65, the mother to deceased, said she was shocked by the news of the death of his son yet there was no any report that he was sick.
“I was told by an eyewitness that my son was buttered by the officers at the prison until he breathed his last. What I want now is justice,” she said
The father of the deceased, Mr Hillary Bodo said they have reported the matter to Pader Central Police station case file Number CRB/201/05/2019.
Pader District CIID officer Stephen Omara told this reporter that the preliminary investigations have already pointed out at three suspects who are yet to be arrested.
“We are waiting for some witnesses to write their statements before the file is forwarded to the state attorney for further actions,’’ he said
The Regional Prisons Commander, Ms. Margret Orik Obonyo, regretted the incident and gave 100kg of beans, 200kg of posho and 10 liters of oil to support burial arrangements.
Attempts by the Pader district LC5 Chairperson, Mr Godfrey Oringa Lago Godfrey, to convince the clan members of Kilak Kal to leave the police station did not yield fruits.
The body of the deceased is still at Pajule Health Centre IV after the clan members refused to pick it until the suspects are arrested.
A total of four inmates have so far died from Kineni Government Prison in the past two years.