2 MPs Arrested in Gulu for Staging Protest Over Rising Covid-19 Cases

MPs Olanya and Otto were arrested in Gulu town

Police in Gulu on Monday morning arrested Aruu county MP Samuel Odonga Otto and Kilak South county MP Gilbert Olanya for staging a demonstration in Gulu town.

The duo was arrested from Cereleno market in Gulu town along with Kelly Komakech, the Pece Division Chairman and Stella Kijange, a women’s rights activist for the demonstration over the admittance of more COVID -19 patients at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, which according to them, has overwhelmed the hospital.

Seated by the roadside at the market, Odonga Otto and the others were holding placards with writings like; ‘Gulu Hospital Cannot Handle all cases’, ‘Truck Drivers in Elegu Intentional’, among others.

Odonga Otto said the capacity of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital was only to admit 11 COVID -19 patients but currently it is over 100, something that is alarming.

MP Gilbert Olanya however demanded that all the excess COVID -19 patients be taken to either Mulago Hospital in Kampala or Entebbe Grade B Hospital.

Their presence attracted hundreds of vendors and passersby who gathered around them and were becoming rowdy, prompting police field force unit commanded by Emmanuel Mafundo, the Gulu District Commander to arrest them.

They were driven away to Gulu Central Police Station in a grey double cabin pickup registration number UG 0407J.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson confirmed the arrest saying the case is under SD 23/1/6/2020.

According to Okema, the suspects recorded statements at the station and that their files shall be taken to the Resident State Attorney for advice.

“We have them at Gulu Central Police Station, their files are being prepared, and they are yet to make statements in regards to the allegations against them.” Okema revealed

“As police, we appeal to the general public that at this moment anybody who comes to incite or to disorganize you, you should know that this is one way of spreading the virus.” He warns

Gloria Aloyo, the Gulu District Communication Officer revealed that currently there are 65 COVID -19 patients receiving treatment at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.

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