Otto tricked crime preventers into Mbabazi demo, faces disciplinary


Some of the demonstrators march at Kamdinin trading centre in Oyam District last Friday in protest aganist Amama Mbabazi’s proposed visit. PHOTO BY JULIUS OCUNGI/Daily Monitor

Crime preventers in Gulu district say they were tricked into joining anti- Amama Mbabazi demonstrations disguised as training in Masindi district.

The demonstration masterminded by Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto, saw 40 crime preventers join people from West Nile, Acholi, Lango and Karamoja Sub-regions on Friday who walked 10km from Kamdini Trading Centre to Karuma on Kampala-Gulu highway in an anti-Amama Mbabazi crusade.

James Ochen, the NRM chairperson, Pece Division, told Daily Monitor, that the crime preventers were lured into the act after being assembled at Aywee Police Post with the promise that they were being taken for training.

Ochen said he was shocked by the act government and Otto committed.

A crime preventer told newspaper that they were given black T-shirts with Anti-Mbabazi slogan before boarding Northern Tours Bus on Friday morning.

“We realised the truth of the matter when we reached Kamdini Trading centre in Oyam. We found hundreds of other people with the T-Shirts warming up to march in protest against Mbabazi [planned] consultative visit to the north. And that is when we realised we had been deceived to demonstrate,” he added.

The security official now wants leaders to explain why they were deceived, and why they ended up in a political demonstration.

They were never given food or something to drink for the whole 10 kilometre march from Kamdini in Oyam district to Heritage gardens in Karuma, Nwoya District, where Otto addressed the rally.

The youth who participated were promised Shs 50,000 each but ended up receiving only Shs 5,000.

They are still questioning the connection between Otto and the state and demands that he apologises to them.

FDC disciplinary committee ready to grill Otto

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leadership says it is ready to discipline Otto for his actions.

Acting FDC party president, Ronald Reagan Okumu, told press on Monday at Najjanankumbi headquarters that they support everyone fighting against the regime and would question Otto in whose interest he is working.

“We received complaints and petitions from the party members who have expressed great disappointment. Otto will be soon summoned and dealt with,” Okumu said.

Okumu said NRM was using crime preventers to recruit new members which he called a crude method.

FDC Electoral Commission Chairman, Dan Mugarura, supplemented Okumu saying the complaints will be tabled before the disciplinary committee for relevant action to be taken against the MP.

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