Police have recovered the keys of Kotido Chief Magistrate’s court premises that were snatched by protesters on Friday last week.
The protesters stormed the court premises after receiving news that court had fined an unidentified trader Shillings 300,000 for ferrying charcoal from the district illegally and allowed him to recover the impounded charcoal.
Kotido district local government recently outlawed commercial charcoal trade citing environmental degradation. The disappearance of the court keys grounded the court operations to a halt and raised fears of the safety of sensitive court documents.
A senior Police officer told this publication on condition of anonymity that they found the court keys abandoned at Old Shops village in Kotido municipality next to a police motorcycle registration number UP 1008, which is about 100 meters from court.
The officer suspects that the rogues could have deliberately dumped the keys next to a police motorcycle. Ayatollah Kapchemut, the Kotido District Police Commander has confirmed the recovery of the court keys, saying police are still hunting for those who snatched the keys from the court premises.
According to Kapchemut, they picked up Kennedy Lotyang alias ‘Lily Keyz’, a popular music artist in connection to the disappearance of the court keys but released him on bond. By the time of filing this story, the keys were being processed as exhibits in the records department at Kotido Central Police Station.
This publication also established that the grade two magistrates, Paulino Abunyila Lotyang had started handling same cases in the same court premises.