MPs Demand Explanation Of Community Officer’s Death
Members of Parliament have demanded that government fast tracks investigations into the killing of a community development officer, Kenneth Akena.
Akena, a social worker with AVSI, a non-governmental organization, was shot last Saturday at Lugogo Mall in Kampala and succumbed to injuries on Sunday morning at Norvik hospital. Two suspects identified as Matthew Kanyamunyu, a businessman and Cynthia Munwangari have since been arrested in connection with the shooting.
The killing of Akena sparked wide debate and condemnation on social media platforms, with several people calling for justice to be served. The matter was brought to Parliament on November 15, 2016 by Lowila CD Oketayot, the Pader Woman MP, who lamented over the level of impunity that was displayed by the suspects.
Lowila noted that different versions of the incident have been thrown around in the media, an antic she said is meant to divert investigations. Though she did not mention names, the MP stated that those in influential positions should not get involved in the case.
“We appeal to people to give time to Police to do their work. Those who are trying to fabricate stories to cause diversion must stop it. Let us give time to police to do thorough investigations,” Lowila stated. Lowila also noted that gun control in Uganda has become a cause for worry, given that several individuals carry guns yet they are not licensed gun holders. She further tasked the public and media against tribal sentiments.
Kilak South MP, Gilbert Olanya wondered how the Police failed to trace the fire arm from the suspects, however the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga cut him short, noting that the matter is currently under investigation. Kadaga however said the matter is in public domain and needs urgent answers.
In response, Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda regretted the incident, explaining that Police has embarked on investigations and the Minister of Internal Affairs will brief Parliament on the matter soon.
“The critical point is that the law will definitely take its course and those responsible will, without any doubt, face the law,” Rugunda assured the MPs.
A requiem service was held for the late Akena at Our Lady of Africa Church, Mbuya today. He will be laid to rest on Wednesday in Kitgum.