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Kotido Councillor, Five Others Jailed over Election Violence

Chilla and five others was convicted on Thursday after court found her and the co-accused guilty of assaulting singer, Alex Lokutan alias MC Gray.
Rose Namoe Chilla, the District Councillor representing Kotido Municipality at Kotido District Council has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for election violence.

Chilla and five others was convicted on Thursday after court found her and the co-accused guilty of assaulting singer, Alex Lokutan alias MC Gray.

The five include John Alepo, Susan Ochero, Peter Melly, Hassan Anyala Logwe and Emmanuel Lokol - all residents of Kotido Municipal Council.

The group, according to court records assaulted MC Gray on 26th July 2018, during the mayoral election for Kotido Municipality. It is alleged that the group assaulted the singer for supporting an NRM candidate, Ismael Muhammad Lomwar, against their candidate, Henry Evans Kubal.

Although they initially denied charges, court found them guilty after prosecution adducing sufficient evidence. 

While sentencing the six, Magistrate Phillip Nzebe said court was sending a strong message to the public that elections should not be taken personal and any complaints should be addressed through petitions in the courts of law. 

However, they were given an option of paying the fine of 250, 000 shillings as government revenue and a compensatory order of 150, 000 shillings each to the complainant.