Police have this morning arrested two MPs for leading a demonstration in Gulu town where they expressed their demand for the closure of Elegu border town.
The motor-mouthed Aruu county legislator, Odonga Otto and the Kilak county MP, Gilbert Oulanya led the Monday demo before Gulu central police swung into action to quash it.
The duo in company of other protestors were carrying placards inscribed with words denouncing Elegu border as the cause of the spiking Covid cases in Acholi which now stand at 67 in Gulu hospital. “The cases are soaring, our referral hospital is overwhelmed and incapacitated. It can only accommodate 12 Covid cases,” Oulanya told the press before his arrest. “We don’t have that capacity to handle big numbers,” he adds.
The Gulu DPC, Emmanuel Mafundo could not let their protest proceed after chanting Boda Boda youths had started joining in. The MPs in company of LC3 chairperson, Kelly Komakech and four other activists were arrested immediately.
Police says they will be charged with flouting presidential directives of social distance and also holding an illegal assembly without notifying the security as mandated by the nullified Public order management act of 2013. “Two of the MPs and several others are in our custody at Gulu CPS. Investigations are ongoing while we trace other protestors who are on the run because their activities were illegal,” Patrick Jimmy Okema who speaks for the Aswa police told the media.
It should be recalled that even before this arrest, Odonga Otto at one point blocked the ministry ambulances from chauffeuring the first Covid case that was to be admitted at the Gulu referral hospital. His arrest comes a day after the Busia municipal MP, Godfrey Macho was arrested on Sunday for leading similar protests.