March 4, 2024

MP Okot Bitek accused of defamation

Hon. Moses Okot Bitek (Kyoga County MP)

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

Amolatar

Former Kyoga county MP aspirant Amolatar district Felix Adupa Ongwech and three others have written a letter of intention to sue Kyoga County MP Moses Okot Bitek of defamation.

Adupa Ongwech, Paul Egor, the NRM chairman of Namasale town council and Arafat Oyuku the youth chairperson of Amolatar district in their letter of intention to sue Okot Bitek through speaker of parliament, Anita Among Annet accused Okot Bitek of defamation, on grounds that the latter claimed that they met Juliet Katushabe who was recently accused of attempting to grab land belonging to locals of Namasale town council.

Adupa and other complainants said on 30/7/2023 at the burial of Maaliam Olima in Acii Sub County, Okot Bitek accused them of meeting Katushabe on the day that Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanjja had convened a meeting to resolve the land wrangle.

Adupa and others also said Okot Bitek accused them of also going to the office of the prime minister to attend the meeting convened by her to resolve the land wangle.

According to Adupa, Okot Bitek has also been moving around with claims that Adupa has been masquerading as Kyoga county MP after the 2021 elections.

He said Okot Bitek also told people that he attended a summit on malaria prevention held at Golden Tulip hotel which was not the case.

Through their lawyer, Joseph Angole of Emoru and Company Advocates, Adupa Ongwech and others want Okot Bitek to publicly apologize within a period of seven days or compensate them with 2 billion shillings for defaming them, failure of which they will proceed with the matter to court.

Okot Bitek when contacted by Voice of Lango FM said he would respond to Adupa’s complaints later.