Otto was hospitalized on Tuesday where he was rushed from Pader District where he collapsed during interrogations in relation to his escape from police custody on January 6th for flouting COVID-19 guidelines and campaigning past 6 pm.
There was drama at Gulu Regional
Referral Hospital on Wednesday evening after police blocked the transfer of
Aruu County Member of Parliament, Samuel Odonga Otto to Mulago Specialised National
Otto was hospitalized on Tuesday where he was rushed from Pader District where
he collapsed during interrogations in relation to his escape from police
custody on January 6th for flouting COVID-19 guidelines and campaigning
past 6 pm.
A medical worker at the hospital told URN on condition of anonymity that Otto
was referred to Kampala for further care delivery. However, a police officer
who was guarding him declined to release him, saying he was following 'orders from
According to the Leader of Opposition - LoP, Betty Aol Ocan who was
closely involved in the case, the legislator had already been granted bond at Pader
Central Police Station prior to his admission at the hospital.
It took her intervention and that of the Kilak South MP, Gilbert Olanya who
contacted the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen Paul Lokech for
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According to Olanya, Otto was instructed
to report to the Police Headquarters in Kampala on Tuesday next week for
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The former FDC stalwart is among seven MPs from Acholi sub-region who lost
their seats during the January 14th, 2021 elections after serving
his constituency for 25 years since 2001.
Otto was ousted by Christopher Komakech,
an independent candidate who polled 9,327 votes against Otto's 5,953 votes.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.