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
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.