June 18, 2024

Alebtong speaker summoned by police over incitement of violence

By Denis Okello (denis.okello@vol.co.ug)

Alebtong

Police at Alebtong central police station has summoned the district speaker Kenneth Owaa and the female councilor for persons with disability Grace Atim Abalo to record statements for alleged incitement of violence.

Kenneth Owaa said that when he reported to his office yesterday morning, he was met with a police summon requiring him and Grace Atim Abalo to record statements at police.

Owaa said the summons signed by detective ASP Ronald Acae instructs him to appear before the OC-CID, detective AIP Festo Okot on 2/9/2022.

Grace Atim Abalo by press time said she had not yet received a copy of the summons although she got reports about the same.

Alebtong District police commander Charles Turyakira could not be reached for comments on the matter as his phone was switched off by press time.

However, one of the councilors of Alebtong district who pleaded for anonymity said the summons are in relation to a recent move by Grace Atim Abalo asking the district council to act on the eviction of over 220 households from Uganda forestry authority land in Apala town council without authentic documents of the land.

At that time, Kenneth Owaa was the one chairing the council meeting that also instituted a select committee to assess and report on the land offered to government in Apala town council, Aloi Ongom citrus farm and Adero quarantine.

The Committee chaired by Theophilas Obua the councilor of Abia Sub County was supposed to begin work yesterday.

Alebtong district chairman, DK Odongo recently asked locals whose crops could have been destroyed on the land to report to their LC1s for redress since the state minister for agriculture had warned against the same and said people should be allowed to harvest their crops on the land before being evicted.