Elobat, 58 was allegedly beaten during clashes between the supporters of Violet Akurut Adome, the former Woman MP of Katakwi District and Jessica Alupo. The clashes were sparked off by a decision by the NRM tribunal to nullify Alupo's election as the party candidate for the District Woman MP seat, handing the flag to Akuru.
Elakas is accused of assaulting a voter, Charles Robert Opus, a resident of Abela village, Getom sub-county in Katakwi District at Akello restaurant in Katakwi on February 10th, 2018 over a land dispute.
“Their plan was to attack and use a spear to assassinate me right in front of my voters. I was tipped off by an old woman who told me that my political rivals had ganged up and are planning to kill me.”
Amuriat who is currently canvassing for support in Katakwi District was moved by the high levels of poverty and suffering by people in the area. The residents told Amuriat in Kapujan Sub County that they are living in poverty because they don’t have money to buy food and other basic needs like soap and salt.
At least five people were injured and admitted to Katakwi General Hospital following the violence that ensued between supporters of the incumbent Woman MP, Violet Akurut Adome and former Education Minister, Jessica Alupo.
Immediately after the NRM party Electoral Commission called for elections in Okore Sub County, on local radio stations in Teso, supporters of Alupo and Akurut turned violent leading to the arrest of 18 people who are detained at Katakwi Police Station.
The move stems from Saturday’s violence where supporters of former Education Minister, Jessica Alupo Epel were attacked by supporters of her rival, Akurut. Three people were later hospitalized in Katakwi General Hospital after sustaining injuries.
Michael Olobo, the NRM District Chairperson Serere says that they registered 62,000 members during the update exercise early this year. However, about 2,000 were found missing during the update exercise which ended on September 1.
The clashes between supporters of the incumbent, Violet Adome Akurut and former Education Minister, Jessica Alupo occurred in Katakwi Market area as some of the attacked boda- boda cyclists for carrying posters of candidates.
Joseph Andrew Koluo, the National Resistance Movement party candidate has been declared the winner of Toroma county parliamentary by election held on Thursday. Koluo polled 8262 votes, while independent candidate Robert Imalingat came second with 4072 votes. Solomon Osiya another independent candidate came third with 3440 votes followed by FDC candidate Martin Odaka Omedo with 3081 votes.
Stephen Okwalinga, the LC I Chairperson Magoro Village in Magoro Sub County asked government to continue supplying relief to the district for the next two months as residents wait to harvest their crops.