Police Opens Inquiry Into Gulu CAO’s Forceful Removal From Office

On Wednesday morning the office of the Gulu Chief Administrative Officer remained closed (Photo by James Owich)

Police in Gulu has opened an investigation into the forceful removal of Dorothy Magoola Ajwang, the embattled Gulu Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) by members of District Executive Committee (DEC).

There were ugly scenes on Tuesday afternoon at the Gulu District Administration block as four councilors led by Julius Peter Oola, the District Vice Chairperson stormed the office of the CAO demanding that she hands over the official stamp, office keys and her official vehicle.

The other members of the DEC were; Santa Oketa, Secretary for Community Services, Rose Amono Abili, Secretary for Education and Health and Patrick Kinyera, the Secretary for Works and Technical services.

Ajwang was rescued by, Martin Okoyo the Gulu District Police Commander (DPC) after she was locked in her office by the councilors and driven to the Central Police Station under tight police escort.

The CAO made a statement at the police where she briefly sought refuge.

DPC Okoyo on Wednesday said a General Enquiry File under number GEF/2017 had been opened at Gulu Central Police Station.

Gulu district police commander Martin Okoyo

The police commander revealed that they are investigating the four members of the district councils who forced their way in Ajwang’s office.

According to Okoyo, police is still establishing if the matter is criminal in nature before the affected councilors are called to make statement one by one.