The Police in North Kyoga is investigating circumstances under which Bonny Omara, a 38-year-old male clinical officer at Nabweyo health centre, at Amolatar district, who also doubled as a student at Jerusalem Institute of Health, Lira District was murdered.
The deceased’s body was discovered dumped at Ocukura “A” village, Boroboro West Parish, Adekokwok Sub-County, Lira District, on the 19/01/2020 at around midday.
According to preliminary information, on 04/01/2020 the victim lent his motorcycle to Oyugi Geoffrey, who left Amolator, for Lira on the 5/01/2020, to sit for his exams at Canon Lawrence Institute. On the 11/01/2020, Oyugi Geoffrey with his friend, rode to the Bank and parked aside.
While inside the bank, the motorcycle was identified by Okot a mechanic, who used to repair it, and alerted its original owner, called Okwir Patrick, a 55 year old male adult from Amolatar district who had reported the theft of his motorcycle at Amolatar CPS in May, 2017; after his house was broken into.
The matter was brought to the attention of our officers at Lira main market police post, who responded and impounded the motorcycle. A report of being in possession of suspected stolen property was registered and both parties advised to furnish the police with documents supporting proof of their ownership. The rider Oyugi Geoffrey was released on police bond to get in touch with the owner and return with documents of ownership.
However, on Saturday 18/01/2020 the victim left Amolatar, to follow up the suspected stolen motorcycle at Lira but reached late and spent the night with his colleagues at the institute.
The following morning of Sunday, 19/01/2020, the victim in the company of three other students left Jerusalem Institute of Health and went shopping in town. They proceeded to Lira Main Market Police, to follow-up on the impounded motorcycle at around 10:00am. The officers contacted Okwir Patrick, the other claimant of the motorcycle, who was in Dokolo district, but promised to arrive at 2pm with his claim of ownership.
The victim was granted police bond and asked to return at 2pm, so that their documents are analyzed. He had indicated that he bought the motorcycle reg. no. UDR 219N Bajaj Boxer from Emetu Sam on the 12/12/2017 at a cost of 600,000= Ugx and started using it, while Okwir Patrick claims the motorcycle was stolen in May, 2017 after his house in Amolatar was broken into.
The deceased returned to the Institute to wait for the arrival of the other claimant, but eventually left the Institute, not to be seen again, till when his body was discovered dead at Ocukuru “A” village along the Lira –Soroti highway at around 12.00 noon.
Both his hands were tied to the thigh with a rope and there were bruises to the head.
“We also found tyre marks which indicated the scene where the body was dumped as secondary. The scene was well documented and the body transported to Lira Referral Hospital for Post-mortem analysis. The cause of death was revealed as manual strangulation leading to the breaking of the trachea air” The police spokesperson Fred Enanga says.
Police is yet to discover the motive surrounding his alleged murder, but a task team has obtained very crucial leads that are being followed up, which will help lead to the identity of the suspects and the motor vehicle that dumped the body.
In particular, Enanga says they are tracing forward his movements from the school, up to Ocukuru “A” village where his body was discovered.
“We would like to caution the media and politicians to stop politicizing the alleged murder of the victim. Their claims have no substantiality at this stage” he warned.
This came after the Kyadondo East MP, also 2021 Presidential aspirant Robert Kyagilanyi, alias Bobi Wine alleged that the deceased was a People Power supporter and was murdered by police.
The image of the deceased was also shared by Bobi Wine’s lawyer in America who made the same claims, criticizing the government for its failure to observe human rights.
Police is now searching for Omara’s killer/s.