Gulu Municipality Residents Demonstrate Against MP Okumu

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In short
The hand hoes were released through the Office of the Prime Minister early this month to help communities in northern Uganda to improve their productivity through farming. Each constituency in Northern Uganda is meant to receive 5000 hand hoes under a programme to eradicate poverty in the post conflict region.

Over 200 residents of Gulu Municipality staged a peaceful demonstration today demanding the return of their hand hoes reportedly taken by Aswa County MP Reagan Okumu.

The hand hoes were released through the Office of the Prime Minister early this month to help communities in northern Uganda to improve their productivity through farming. Each constituency in the region is meant to receive 5,000 hand hoes.

It emerged however that Reagan Okumu, used his position as the Chairperson of Acholi Parliamentary Group to take charge of the distribution of hoes in Gulu Municipality. He accused the area MP Christopher Acire of failing to effectively represent the people of Gulu both in Parliament and in the community.

But today, the intended beneficiaries protested against the act and demanded that Okumu hands over the hoes to Christopher Acire, the rightful representative of the people of Gulu Municipality. 

Walter Odong, one of the demonstrators demanded police action against Okumu.
 
//Cue in: "we were shocked…
Cue out:………………..the hoe back//
 
Jackie Apio, a resident of Pece Division in Gulu Municipality describes the development as unfortunate.  She adds that although Acire is accused of under-performance, he is the legitimate representative for Gulu Municipality.
 
//Cue in: "we are annoyed…
Cue out:……………..bad example"//
 
Concy Auma, another resident, demands that the hand hoes are handed over the to area MP for distribution since he know the most vulnerable among his electorate.