Seven Murdered in Soroti City in Only 3 Weeks

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It has been a bad month for Soroti as the new eastern city is gripped by a spate of murders that are claiming people at a rate of at least two people per week.

At least seven people in Soroti city have so far been killed by homicide in a period of just three weeks in since the month of February 2021 started.

Police at Soroti Central Police Station have confirmed the shocking figures attributing this to the tense political atmosphere and elections aftermath and land disputes.

The homicide detective at Central Police Station in Soroti, Joseph Isaac Odeke says out of the seven  bodies of victims , five were of those murdered in the early days of February and two were killed a week ago in Soroti City.  

On Thursday last week a man identified as Moses Otim, a lorry driver was found dead left at the roadside at Opuyo, with bruises on his body. On the same day another unidentified man was found already starting to decompose in the bush in Asuret. 

Odeke says the numbers of death has exposed the wave of insecurity, explaining that the month of February is worse compared to the previous month of January where police recorded only two cases of homicide of aBoda-Boda cyclist and an Arab National.

“The killings have become rampant and mostly happen at the wee hours, we are wondering as Police what the motive behind,” says Odeke.

He says Police have already launched investigations over this phenomenon. Police are yet to arrest any suspects.

Meanwhile Paul Omer, the Soroti City Mayor says security in the city has been compromised, accusing some police of alleged conniving with criminals to distort evidence.

Omer wonders why police up to now have not arrested any suspect, saying he has written to the Regional Police Commander East Kyoga and RDC the head of security to call for an emergency security meeting.