DNA Test For Gulu District Speaker, Defilement Victim, Says Police

Police will subject, John Okwonga the Gulu District Council speaker to a gene test to ascertain true ownership for the pregnancy of a 14-year-old defilement victim.

It follows advice from the Resident States Attorney who counselled police to gather more evidence as what it has against Okwonga so far is insufficient to pin him.

It is alleged that Okwonga in March this year from his home in Laroo division in Gulu municipality defiled his 14-year-old niece from his house resulting into a pregnancy.

A case of aggravated defilement was on May 30th 2019 reported by the minor`s mother, Joan Acen and is being investigated by police in Gulu.

The case against Okwonga was filed under CRB 762/2019 at Gulu Central Police Station.

The accused recorded statement with police last week and was released on police bond.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson said the Speaker has been subjected to mental, health and age test.

The minor has undergone a pregnancy test which confirmed she is two months pregnant.

Okema revealed the minor and the suspect will be subjected to a Deoxyribonucleic acid(DNA) and prenatal tests respectively which are key to ascertaining the father of the unborn child.

The police spokesman did not disclose when the test would be done.

The victim`s uncle Christopher Okello told Acholi Times in an earlier interview that the girl is a daughter to the late Okwonga’s elder brother who passed on in 2015.

Police has since called for calm by the public in Gulu to allow it complete investigations.

Aswa river region recorded 896 cases of defilement according to the 2018 police crimes and traffic report.