Aruu North MP Odonga Otto and his Kilak South counterpart Gilbert
Olyanya have been released on police bond.
They were arrested on Monday for inciting violence and negligent
acts likely to cause the spread of infectious diseases. They were allegedly
mobilizing people to cause violence against Gulu District COVID -19 Taskforce
and the cargo truck drivers.
According to police, the act of the legislators attracted the crowd who
disrespected the social distancing directive issued to prevent the spread of
COVID-19. They were arrested alongside two others; Kelly Komakech,
the Chairman of Pece Division and Stella Kijange, a women’s rights activist.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson says
that the MPs, Komakech and Kijange were released following the advice from the
Resident State Attorney.
According to Okema, the suspects will report back to police on June 15th as the
police continue with investigations into the case.
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While addressing journalists shortly after their release from police custody,
Olanya vowed to continue the protests.
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Tony Kitara, one of the lawyers representing the suspects said he
views the arrest of his clients as suppression of their civil rights and
persecution in their capacity as leaders.
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The cases of incitement of violence and negligent act likely to cause
infectious disease are being investigated under Gulu CRB 624/2020.