Kilak MP, Gilbert Olanya Granted Bail At Gulu Court


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Kilak County MP Gilbert Olanya who was arrested on Monday has been granted bail by Gulu magistrates court.

Olanya appeared before Gulu Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon after being transferred from Masindi where he had  been detained since Monday.

He was accused of inciting violence and threatening violence during the  period between March and April 2015 in Apaa village trading center. 

He is also accused of threatening violence against Amuru chairman Anthony Atube Omach and LC3 Chairperson Christopher Ojera.
The Amuru grade one Magistrate Edward Okot, granted Olanya bail stating that he had substantial sureties, the fact that the accused spent over 86 hours under detention in Masindi, and that the accused is a member of parliament for Kilak who can be located by the court.
Olanya was granted a cash bail of 1.5 million for the three files and is set to appear in court on the 12th of October.
His sureties included  Gulu District Chairperson Martin Ojara Mapenduzi and his Nwoya counterpart , Patrick Okello Oryema. Others were Amuru Woman MP, Lucy  Akello, Gulu Municipality MP Christopher Acire and Ayivu MP, Benard Atiku among others. They were were all bonded at two million shillings. 
Olanya could not hide his excitement after he was released, he said he was treated well while under incarceration in Masindi but noted that above all justice has prevailed.
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Olanya was represented by Odonga Otto and company Advocates, Komakech Kilama and company advocates and Legal Aid Project's Conrad Oloya.
Odonga Otto argued that Olanya should be granted bail so he could represent his people ably,he also prayed that the court should be lenient on the conditions of the bail since the accused is presumed innocent.

Odonga Otto rejected the plea by state prosecutor Patrick Ojara that Olanya's passport be retained and also that he should be  made to appear before the regional police commander every time he went to his constituency he should avoid  threatening and inciting violence.
Odonga argued that it would  be very hectic for a Member of Parliament to report to the Regional Police Commander whenever he traveled to his constituency.
The Magistrate ordered Olanya to adhere to the regulations and guidelines of the Public order management act.Hundreds of residents from Amuru flocked the court session and outside to welcome their Member of Parliament as he was granted bail.

Olanya was arrested from Parabongo village in Amuru district  on Monday while he was  heading to Apar, the disputed boundary area between  Adjumani and Amuru Districts.