Amuru Land Demarcation: MP Olanya Arrested


In short
Although the legislator was picked up in Amuru, Police drove him to Bobi Police post, about 25 kilometers out of Gulu town.

Police is holding the Kilak County Member of Parliament Gilbert Olanya. The legislator was picked up at Parabongo village in Lamogi Sub County, on his way to protest the boundary demarcation in Apaa.

Olanya was traveling in the company of Lucy Akello, the Amuru Woman MP when he was intercepted by police and ordered to step out of his vehicle. The MP hesitated to move out of his vehicle, prompting three Police officers to force him out and bundled him onto a waiting police pickup.

Although the legislator was picked up in Amuru, Police drove him to Bobi Police post, about 25 kilometers out of Gulu town. Olanya told URN at Bobi Police Post that he was traveling to Apaa to calm down residents opposed to the impending boundary demarcation.  He said his arrest had only worsened the already bad situation.

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Lucy Akello, who followed the police vehicle said the arrest of Olanya was uncalled for since they were only heading to their constituency. She says the arrest of Olanya only confirms to the community that it activities are suspicious.
A police officer who refused to be named says Olanya was arrested for inciting violence.

Pamela Ankunda, the Internal Affairs Ministry Spokesperson told URN on Monday morning that the government had deployed security to pave way for the demarcation of the contentious boundary between Amuru and Adjumani districts.
She said the move is aimed at stopping the conflict between communities living in boundary areas of the two districts.


About the author

Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.