ARUA. Arua District Police Commander Mr Abbas Ssenyonjo (DPC) in West Nile Region of Uganda has called for peaceful co-existence between Ugandans and Congolese nationals.
His appeal follows the murder of a Ugandan National by an angry mob in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The deceased, Late Stephen Onen, a resident of Padyere village, Nyapea Sub County in Zombo district met his death at about 6:00am in Aru town on Sunday February 18, 2018.
While handing over his body to Ugandan Officials at Uganda – DRC Vurra Custom Border on the fateful day, Col. Laurence Kombolua, the Police Officer in charge of Aru Territory said locals murdered Onen over allegations of attempting to steal a motorcycle.
He said by the time his officers reached the scene, they found Onen had already passed away.
According to Kombolua, the mob took off with Onen’s phone and decided to throw the SIM Card next to his body.
Kombolua noted that other things recovered near Onen’s body were his Ugandan National Identity Card, a hammer, knife and some tools used for cutting metals.
“It is unfortunate that people decided to kill Onen other than arresting and handing him over to police. We have now taken over the case for further investigations,” said Kombolua.
But Senyonjo warned that the action may threaten the peaceful co-existing between the people of the two Countries.
“We are at the border where we should ensure that peace and order is guaranteed within our country and our neighbors. In Uganda, we are very conscious of the issues that may cause havoc with our neighbors, and that is why we provide maximum security for any foreigner, who has come to enjoy life in Uganda,” Senyonjo said.
He continued “we are here representing the whole country, and if we don't resolve issues that are likely to cause insecurity, our Presidents may be forced to meet over them. We shouldn't look as if we have failed to represent our Countries by allowing such killings and theft of cars to continue”
He asked Congolese Authorities to always cooperate and coordinate with Ugandan security officials in ensuring that peace prevails across the border.