Police in Uganda have summoned Ms Edith Byanyima, over her alleged media ‘sectarian’ accusations on the people of Acholi.
Ms Byanyima, an aunt to Matthew Kanyamunyu, the prime suspect in the murder of child rights activist Kenneth Akena Watmon allegedly uttered a ‘sectarian’ proclamation which appeared on social media and in online publication, Chimp Reports, that Acholi soldiers killed Kanyamunyu’s father.
In a letter addressed to Ms Byanyima, the acting deputy director Special Investigations Division in Kireka, Mr Henry Mugumya says he is investigating a case of promoting sectarianism and incitement to violence and that she is required to report to his office on Monday.
“Pursuant to Section 27A of the police Act, you are required to report to the Special Investigations Division Kireka on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 1000hrs, to assist in providing valuable information in respect to the matter being investigated. You will report to the AG. Deputy Director for further guidance,” read part of the letter dated January 19.
The summons come just days after the family of Akena wrote to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to investigate Edith Byaniyima over her alleged media ‘sectarian’ accusations on the people of Acholi.
Through their lawyer Ojok and Company Advocates, Akena’s family wants IGP Kale Kayihura to investigate Edith Byanyima, a sister to Winnie Byanyima, the Director of Oxfam International, for the utterance.
“We act for and on behalf of the family of the late Akena with instructions to address you as here below. Our attention has been drawn to social media publication of ChimpReports attributed to Edith Byanyima, which you may be aware of, entitled ‘Byanyima; Acholi soldiers killed Kanyamunyu’s father; Acholi Policemen haunting Bahima,” reads the letter addressed to Kayihura.