Acholi leaders force Police to open fresh Investigations into Lokech’s death

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Acholi leaders force Police to open fresh Investigations into Lokech’s death.

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Uganda Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga has confessed that there are ongoing fresh investigations into the death of former Deputy Inspector General of Police, Lt Gen Paul Lokech.

Lokech, known to many as the Lion of Mogadishu died on August 21 and the autopsy report released then indicated he had died of a blood clot that stemmed from a fracture he had got on the right ankle joint.

Addressing journalists on Monday, Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said the Inspector General of Police, John Martins Okoth Ochola had ordered fresh investigations after too much pressure from Acholi leaders who have questions marks over his death.

“The IGP came with a directive for further investigations to be conducted simply because local politicians from Acholi like members of parliament from Acholi and other leaders from Acholi were not convinced. It is against that background that this investigation was instituted,”Enanga said.

Sticking to the earlier autopsy report that indicated the late General died of a blood clot that went up to his lungs, the police spokesperson said the fresh investigation will only help to come up with a clear report.

“It was conducted so that we can come up with a clear picture to clear the doubt being presented by the Acholi community when we went for burial.”

The police mouthpiece however blasted reports that he termed as speculations claiming the new investigations is aimed to investigating poisoning and work-related wrangles that could have led to the death of the Lion of Mogadishu.

“The postmortem report clearly indicated that Lt Gen Paul Lokech died of a blood clot. The postmortem was carried out by four pathologists in addition to the director of medical services in the UPDF, the personal doctor to the deceased and two family members. In total, eight people were present during medical examination and findings were clear of how the blood clot rose. These wild imaginations are not necessary.

“You are not helping the family heal wounds when you come up with these unnecessary imaginations. We should simply wait for the next report which will be made available.”

During the burial, members from the Acholi Parliamentary Group demanded for a clear explanation on Lokech’s death.

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