ask http://cornerstone-edge.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-update-invites-endpoint.php geneva; color: #222222;”>The State Minister for Water and Woman MP, Amuru district, Hon. Betty Bigombe is alleged to have been stoned along with MP Olanya in May this year at Lakang in Amuru by rowdy youths who had been angered by the Minister and her team for allegedly bribing their MP with Shs 500, 000 as mobilization fee for the meeting.
But MP Olanya claims the money was given to three primary schools to acquire chalks and exercise books for pupils.
According to a letter dated July 1, 2013 by the Commander of Special Investigation Unit in Mr Chelimo Beapa, to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, Mr Olanya is required to appear before police to record a statement over allegations of threatening violence against the Minister.
Quoting from Police Act sect 27 (a), the SIU Commander wrote: “You are requested to inform Hon Gilbert Olanya to report to Kireka police station to give valuable information in the matter above and your timely response will be highly appreciated.”
In case of Mr. Chelimo absence, Olanya will report to Assistant superintendent of Police, Bosco Mutabagye.
When contacted, MP Olanya said, he would not report to the police this week until the fate of Amuru Land was determined as Government officials are scheduled to start demarcation on Thursday, July 11, 2013.
“The letter is intended to detain me so I do not find time to talk to my people to oppose the Madhvani project,” said Olanya, adding, “Bigombe has already stood her future with Amuru.”
After the attack from the youths, Bigombe is said to have reported the case to police under file number CRB 07/2013 at Kireka police station.
The youths stoning the minister was driven by the fact that the minster is encouraging the Madhvani Company to invest a sugar project on Lakang and Kololo land.
Madhvani Company is seeking 40, 000 hectares of land in Lakang and Kololo for sugar cane growing and since then it has been coming to the area through the State House initiative which the locals are opposed to.
Furthermore, an impeccable source from the Military said heavy deployment was to start on Wednesday in areas where Madhvani has invested interest for sugar cane growing.
Speaking to the press on Wednesday at Media Resource Center in Gulu, the Police Commander of Aswa region, Jimmy Okema and his counterpart of 4th Division, Lt Isaac Oware, denied knowledge of the deployment.
“I am not aware of the deployment, this is news to me,” said Okema.
But MP Olanya claims he met with the 4th Division Commander Brig David Muhoozi and Police Regional Commander Asiku Izata in Atyak on Tuesday who told him of their travel to Lakang on routine duties.
Effort to contact Hon. Bigombe was futile as her phone could not go through. She had earlier on persuaded the residents to allow Madhvani sugar project to succeed to benefit them.
Meanwhile several community leaders opposed to the Sugar project from Lakang and Kololo were recently arrested and charged with various offenses relating to assault to arson.
They are currently held up in Gulu Central Prison in remand.