MP Olanya freed, 76 Amuru residents jailed    


MP Olanya leaving court with his supporters

The Kilak county Member of Parliament, Gilbert Olanya, was Thursday produced in Gulu magistrates court after spending days in police detention.

The legislator was arrested from Parabongo Sub County with three journalists as he headed to Amuru district.

He was temporarily detained at Bobi police post and later transferred to Masindi Central Police Station.

His colleague and Aruu county MP, Odonga Otto, camped at Masindi police vowing never to leave until Olanya has been released.

When Olanya was produced in court today, he was charged with inciting violence having allegedly plotted to incite Amuru residents to protest [land grabbing] and reportedly threatening to kill the LC5 Chairman, Atube Omach.

Olanya was granted a Shs1m cash bail while his sureties were asked to pay a non-cash bail of Shs2m each.

On the same day of Olanya’s arrest, Apaa and Pabbo residents protested prompting police to shoot live bullets leaving about 20 of them injured and three of them reportedly dead.

76 protesters remanded

Meanwhile, 76 people who were picked up during protests against the Amuru-Adjumani district boundary demarcation exercise on Monday have been remanded to Gulu Central Prison.

The suspects were picked up from Apaa village and Pabo Trading Center in Pabo sub-county.

They appeared on Wednesday evening before Abdonson Paul Owino, the Amuru Grade one magistrate.

Some of the suspects are Gideon Opiyo, a student at Gulu High School, Denis Ayella, also a student at Gulu Central High School, Yumbe Ojwang Acellam and Francis Oweka, all from Pabo sub-county.

They were charged with three counts including malicious damage to property, participating in unlawful assembly and rioting contrary to section 65 (1) and sections 65 (3) and 67 of the penal code act respectively.

Some of the suspects are particularly accused of destroying two bridges on Zoka River namely Zoka and Korobi Bridges.


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