MP Oulanya Wanted for Threatening Violence

Gilbert Oulanya, the Kilak county Member of parliament is in trouble over the attack of Betty Bigombe the state minister for water.

MP Gilbert Oulanya in an altercation with Police earlier
MP Gilbert Oulanya in an altercation with Police earlier

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has summoned Oulanya for allegedly organizing goons to attack the minister on her way to visit a chunk of land allocated to Madhvani in May this year.

Bigombe was attacked on 3rd May by a group of unidentified people who smashed the windscreen of her official car as she went to inspect the land allocated to Madhvani Group of Companies in Lakang. The gang, which was armed with stones pelted the minister’s vehicle and fled into hiding before police moved in to arrest them.  Now, the Minister claims that her attackers were organized by Oulanya.

In a 1st July letter addressed to Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of Parliament, Beata Chelimo, the Commandant of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations asks Oulanya to report to the Special Investigations Unit in Kireka on Tuesday to answer charges of threatening violence.

But Oulanya maintains his innocence claiming that his car was also vandalized during the attack.

Oulanya claims that Bigombe is being used by land grabbers in Amuru district. Betty Bigombe could not be reached on phone at the time of filing this report.

Amuru district council has offered the Madhvani Group of Companies 10,000 hectares to grow sugarcane. But residents have rejected the land deal and instead petitioned court over claims that they own the land customarily. The case is before the court of appeal.

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