UPDATE: Minister Emmanuel Otaala Arrested

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Dr. Emmanuel Otaala, the state minister for Labour has been arrested for shooting and injuring a journalist. Otaala was arrested by police in Mulanda on the orders of Tororo district police commander for allegedly assaulting and injuring a journalist. The victim has been identified as Tekob Peter, a journalist working for the Nation Media. He is currently admitted at Tororo main hospital in critical condition after sustaining a broken rib. It all started this afternoon when Tekob took pictures of Dr Otaala and his agents while bribing voters in Mulanda church of Uganda compound, shortly after a candidates meeting. Tekob's action did not go down well with the minister who charged at him and confiscated his camera. He also beat him up attracting the attention of a crowd that had turned up for the meeting. The crowd charged at the minister and threatened to lynch him. At this point the minister pulled out his gun and shot in the air to disperse the crowd. Tekob was shot at it in the process and rushed to the hospital by a few people that braved the scary sound of the bullets. The crowd then started chanting slogans denouncing the minister's behavior. Peter Oboth, an opinion leader, shouted at the top of his voice calling upon the voters to vote out Dr. Otaala during the primaries August 30th. Simon Owor, another concerned voter appealed to the NRM party to expel the minister from the membership of the party for persistent indiscipline. Otaala was in West Budama to address a rally that was also attende by his rival the former eastern Uganda regional state attorney Jacob Oboth- Oboth. Both candidates are contesting to be the flag bearers for NRM in the West Budama south constituency in the next year elections. Dr. Otaala is not new to controversy and assaults. In 2008, he slapped Tororo district clerk to council Christine Achieng during an election to choose the party administrative secretary. In 2009, during the Mulanda sub county LC3 bye-election Dr. Otaala threatened to shoot the RDC for allegedly supporting his opponent who later won the election. Just two weeks ago, Dr. Otaala was part of the mess, which led to the disruption of the NRM district party structure elections.


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