East African Affairs Secretary Held Over Torture

East African Affairs Secretary Held Over UPDF Torture

By Milton Emmy Akwam

DOKOLO: Police in Dokolo district are keeping in custody one of the Principal Secretaries in the Ministry of East African Affairs over allegation that he tortured a UPDF officer and a civilian.

Okuja James Ocen who’s also the director Dokolo Hotel in Dokolo Town Council was arrested on Sunday evening for his perfect role in battering two people on Labor Day.

On Labor Day at his hotel, Ocen was faulted to have under his directive ordered his muscular men to hold Private Ocen Paul (a UPDF soldier attached to Palabek battalion in Kitgum district) and Owang Lamex (a civilian) who had all gone to his hotel for leisure.

Reports from Police say he ordered for the battering of the above people using baked metals, accusing them of forcing their way into his hotel and threatening his business.

In an exclusive recording of the interview with our reporter, Ocen acknowledged his action, accusing his targets of destroying his hotel’s expensive toilet equipment.

He further says still in the recorded interview that he could have ended off his victims’ lives had Police not rescued them.

An eyewitness’s account says by the time of battering the two, Ocen, who was at his hotel came and watched the episode before joining in the battering activity.

Addressing press from Dokolo CPS on Monday morning, Capt. Sam Emuluga, the 5th Division army spokesperson says Okuja has shamed East African communities of which Uganda is a member.

Emuluga asked Police under DPC to ensure the suspect (Okuja) gets tried in Courts of Law such that other countries he worked for sees Uganda as a nation that does not tolerate viciousness.

Aminsi Kayondo Lukanga, the Dokolo DPC told this reporter in the same press briefing that Okuja had been charged with two counts of torture.

“We have charged him and his file will be taken to RSA for sanctioning. Once it’s done, he will appear before Court,” he said.

Okuja’s case has been entered vide CRB: 405 and 406/2017 at Dokolo CPS.