Aruu County NRM Flag Bearer Faces Arrest

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In short
The National Resistance Movement flag bearer for the Aruu North MP seat Nabinson Kidega faces arrest over unpaid debts of 37 million shillings arising from a 2011 election petition.

The Aruu County Member of Parliament, Samuel Odonga Otto has written to court, seeking the arrest of Nabison Kidega.
Kidega, who the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party flag bearer for Aruu North County MP faces arrest over unpaid debts of 37 million shillings form a 2011 election petition.
Otoo says in his letter to court that Kidega has refused to pay the money as ordered by court, and wants him arrested to so that the money can be recovered.
In 2011, Nabison Kidega contested with Odonga Otto for the Aruu County MP seat but lost.

Kidega then sued Otto and the Electoral Commission over alleged election malpractice and lost.
Court then awarded Otto costs of 37 million shillings and 25 million shillings to the Electoral Commission.
Otto however says since then, he has not received any money from Kidega.
Although the letter was written in September, court only received it on Tuesday.

Otto says he has given Kidega enough time to pay the money, but Kidega ignored the directive.
Kidega however says he has been paying the money, but refused to show the receipts.
He accuses Otto of using court bailiffs to confiscate his car, and had his land attached.


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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.