Lugogo Shooting: Mourners Rap Government on Illegal Guns, Lawlessness

Mourners grieve the passing of Kenneth Akena  who was shot dead on Saturday (Photos by Kenneth Kazibwe)

Relatives and friends on Tuesday morning thronged Our Lady of Africa Catholic Church in Mbuya, doctor for the requiem mass of Kenneth Watmon Akena who was fatally shot on Saturday.

Speaking during the requiem mass, Fr. Polino Mondo said it was sad of the life of such a loving man to be cut short this way.

“Everyone who he always came across mattered. Whenever he came here at church, he never passed without greeting everyone,” Fr. Mondo said.

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“His death took everyone by surprise.”

According to Dr. Dan Gotto from ACODEV where the deceased worked, Akena lived a simple life and he always loved peace and solving problems amicably.

Relatives and Friends mourn

Relatives and Friends mourn

“I am not surprised that even on the fateful day, he moved out of the car to negotiate. I wish the killers knew at least an inch of his nature and they would not have done it,” Dr. Gotto told mourners.

He said described the deceased as one who loved his job and was closing in to be introduced by his girlfriend in February in Western Uganda.

Gov’t Blasted

Mourners at the service lambasted government for what they termed as increased lawlessness and illegal guns held by people in society.

“Last time it was killings door to door in Kitgum and again our very own has also been killed. This is not business as usual because the hand of the evil is looming everywhere,” Kitgum Municipality MP Hon. Beatrice Anywar told mourners.

Akena was described by workmates at Peaceful

Akena was described by workmates a Peaceful man

“We should not give space to government. They ought to tell us where these illegal guns come from.”

The Member of Parliament said that for over 2 decades Northern Uganda was affected by war, and that such incidents revive the memories of the Kony war.

Anywar implored government to ensure that investigations are done to the conclusion so that justice prevails for the deceased.

“We should not jeopardize investigation with tribal sentiments on social media but whoever has information should give it to investigators,” she urged.

Hon Beatrice Anywar pays her respects to the body of Akena

Hon Beatrice Anywar (White Necklace) pays her respects to the body of Akena

Fr. Mondo urged police and other security organs involved in investigations into the murder to ensure they are not compromised but see that justice prevails.

“Investigators should not shy away. They should leave no stone unturned in looking for those responsible. We need to see justice prevail,” the man of God said.

Aruu County Member of Parliament Odonga Otto warned government over failure to conclude investigations as this would jeopardize the matter.

“In case investigations fail to yield anything, we shall exhume the body and take it to Kanyamunyu’s home,” Odonga Otto warned.


Born on November 29,1983 to Eng. Francis Xavier Omona and Mrs. Suzan Omona Tiperu, Kenneth Akena was the 5th born of the family’s 7 children.

The child protection specialist at AODEV who was shot dead on Saturday at Forest Mall in Kampala will be laid to rest on Wednesday at Gangdyang in Kitgum town.


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