GULU – Two members of parliament were on Monday, 01 June 2020, arrested for leading demonstrations in Gulu town demanding for the closure of Elegu border town.
Kilak County MP Gilbert Olanya and his Aruu County counterpart Mr Samuel Odonga Otto were arrested by police in Pece division where they had mobilized youth to start the demonstration.
The MPs was arrested together with Pece division LC3 chairman Mr Kelly Komakech and four other activists.
Mr Patrick Jimmy Okema, the police spokesman for Aswa river region, confirmed the arrests.
“Two of the legislators and several others are in our custody, investigations are ongoing while we trace other protestors who are on the run because their activities were illegal,” Mr Okema said.
Before being arrested, Mr Olanya said since man truck drivers testing positive of Covid-19 at the Elegu border post between Uganda and South Sudan, there could be cases of the virus in the community since the truck drivers have interacted freely with the community,
“Even our health facilities like Gulu Regional Referral hospital is overwhelmed because the isolation capacity can accommodate only 12 cases,” he said.
Gulu Regional Referral Hospital now has 67 COVID-19 positive cases that were intercepted from other border points. Of the 36 Positive cases reported on Thursday, 20 were from Elegu border post.