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UTL Saga: West Nile MPs threaten to secede from Uganda if Anite is killed

West Nile MPs addressing the press on Tuesday. (PHOTO/PML Daily)

KAMPALA – A section of MPs from the West Nile region have threatened to resign from their parliamentary duties and secede from Uganda if the mafias succeed in their ploy to kill Evelyn Anite.

The embattled State Minister for Investment and Privatisation, Evelyn Anite is reportedly being persecuted by a corrupt clique that seeks to end her life.

While addressing journalists at Parliament today, the MPs from 11 districts that make up the West Nile region were led by the Ora County MP, Lawrence Songa who was accompanied by the Maracha Woman MP, Rose Ayaka.

Other legislators include; Denis Lee Oguzu (Maracha East), Jane Avur Pacuto (Pakwach Woman), Alioni Yorke Odria (Aringa South) among others laid a number of demands that they want government to address saying the region is still haunted by the death of former Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga who was gunned down last year.

Songa said, “As MPs for West Nile region, we demand an explanation from Government on the threats on Anite’s life. Government pronounces itself on Anite’s security and the anxious people of West Nile of her safety. The government formally communicates to the country on the state of affairs at UTL and status of UTL assets.”

In a joint statement read by Songa, the lawmakers also want Government to guarantee that no Ugandan irrespective of their tribe, affiliation should be vindicated while performing their duties including demanding accountability and also called on the Ministry of ICT, Uganda Communications Commission and Police investigate and report on phone tapping, poisoning threats and trailing Anite.

The lawmakers said that they are eagerly waiting for Government’s lasting solution to the UTL saga with calls to have the matter settled to ensure all Ugandans live in harmony.

Alion said that they are in possession of information and data which proves that there is corruption taking place at UTL and called on Ugandans to credit Anite instead of mocking her efforts to fight corruption.

He said, “Anite deserves credit however much she is in the system, she always stands for what is right. She doesn’t protect the wrong things. So her coming out to pronounce herself on issues going wrong at UTL doesn’t call for threats to her life. This time anything to happen to Anite, we shall all resign from this Parliament go back to West Nile, pick our people, leave this country and see how we shall live in this country.”

Other MPs described Anite as a mother to many people in West Nile and that she is doing good for West Nile, while others called on Ugandans not to mix Anite’s remarks over having the support of the army with accountability issues.

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