Police in Amuru have arrested two political aide of Kilak North Member of Parliament Hon. Anthony Akol for allegedly defying presidential directives on public gathering.
According to Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa Region Police Spokesperson, the two people arrested over the weekend are Richard Abola P’Lacaka LCV councilor Pabo Sub County and Jenneth Acan 36 years an office attendant in the office of Akol.
“We received an intelligence report that the suspects on the orders of the MP had gathered people to distribute hand hoes. 652 hoes were subsequently recovered while 64 had already been given out to the farmers” okema said.
They are being held at Amuru town council pending investigation. The case is registered under reference Number CRB 132/20 Amuru. Okema revealed that the suspects will be charged with negligent act likely to spread infection of disease and disobedience of lawful orders.
When contacted, Hon. Akol said the raid on his office was politically motivated and had nothing to do with the distribution of the hoes.
“Police raided my office and only found two people, I am not aware of the alleged gathering and I think the revelation is aimed at spiking my work” Akol hit back.
He added that indeed he had procured two thousand hoes following a request from a group of boda boda riders through their leaders in the areas of Pabbo and Atiak.
“I responded to their request and agreed on strategies of distribution, they suggested the hoes be given to their respective stage masters after presenting their national ID from where they would go pick up their offers while avoiding issue of overcrowding”
Akol claimed that he had shared the same idea and strategy with the district task force which okayed the process, but he was shocked when they called him over the weekend that Police had raided his office for staging an illegal gathering.
“A gathering of two and above all my aide, (no) something is fishy about the entire event and it’s likely to have been politically motivated.” Shot Akol.
He further lamented that the police acted overboard and violated the rights of Acan Jenneth, a breast feeding mother who was held up and denied an opportunity to carry or go in the company of her little baby.
A week ago, the president of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni banned all forms of gatherings so as to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic that since seen 54 Ugandans test positive.