Otunnu named in Gulu attacks, runs to court

Dr Olara Otunnu

Dr Olara Otunnu

Government says Olara Otunnu has been named in the two recent deadly Gulu attacks that left about for people dead and scores injured.

Police has so far arrested 10 suspects in both attacks; on Opit LDU detach and the Sunday night attack on Gulu Police Station which left two Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers, a police officer and a toddler dead.

According to Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, some of the suspects confessed to working with a one Olara Otunnu.

According to him, the said Olara Otunnu is alleged to have been supporting the attackers financially.

However, he was not clear on whether the said Olara Otunnu is the former Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party president.

“Some of the suspects we arrested confessed to working for Olara Otunnu. We are yet to find out who this Olara Otunnu is. Because they claim he has been giving them financial support,” said Opondo on Saturday while appearing on Capital Gang, a political total show on Capital FM, a local radio station.

Otunnu rushes to court

Meanwhile, Otunnu has filed an application before Gulu high court seeking to enforce the rights of Dan Oola Odiya, the deputy UPC spokesperson.

Odiya was arrested about two weeks ago in connection to the attack at Opit army detach in Gulu district.

He was charged together with Kenneth Otto and Sam Oboma with treason, two counts of Murder, aggravated robbery and three counts of attempted murder before Paul Owino, the Gulu Grade one magistrate on Wednesday remanded to Gulu Central Prison.

Otunnu accuses police of violating Odia’s rights and denying him to legal representation.

“Odiya was tried and sentenced by police and army spokesperson before the media for his alleged involvement in the Opit army detach,” he is quoted by URN as saying.

“What we have seen now is a comprehensive violation of the rights of Dan Oola Odiya.”

Otunnu says they have filed a petition through Peter Walubire of Kwesigabe Bamwine and Walubire advocates seeking to enforce Odiya’s rights as provided for under article 50 subs section 1 and 2 of the 1995 constitution.

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