President Museveni on Tuesday met opposition ‘Bad Woman’ Betty Aol Ocan in Gulu at his State Lodge.
Aol who’s a Leader of Opposition in Parliament [LoP] met national chairman of the NRM, Yoweri Museveni with other cultural and political leaders, among them Rwot Onen Acana II, the Ker Kwaro Acholi Paramount Chief.
Mr Museveni was meeting Acholi and Madi leaders following tribal sentiment and clashes between Acholi and Madi community over Apaa land.
The clashes since 2017 saw eighteen lives being lost and over 200 people sustaining different form of injuries.
Below is what MP Betty Aol Ocan had to write, after meeting President Museveni.
Some ‘Bad woman’ Joy!
President Museveni lightly calls me ‘Bad woman’ because I strongly oppose some of his ideas. He first called me ‘Bad woman’ in 2006 during the Juba Peace Process when we held consultations with him.
This was because I stood firmly with Acholi political, religious and cultural leaders advocating for amnesty and cessation of hostilities against President Museveni and government’s preference for continued military action; we ended the 21 years of conflict in Northern Uganda through dialogue to a greater extent.
He also calls me ‘Bad woman’ because I have always heavily mobilized Northern Uganda for the opposition during elections to his frustration since 2001; and this is the other reason the President lightly calls me that.
The last time I met the President was two years ago at Layibi College in Gulu where I also taught Physics and Maths from 1981-86; we were then breaking ground for the Atiak-Nimule Road mega project, and I addressed the women of Gulu as Area MP right before the President spoke urging them to caution him on land rights and not let him return to Kampala before making a commitment, to his bemusement.
Today again we met in Gulu town to discuss the Apaa Land Conflict; the President led a community leader’s discussion on the history of the contested land.
The Madi and Acholi select committees will continue to mediate and resolve the disagreements.
At the end of the event, First Deputy Prime Minister Gen Moses Ali came and pulled me from the audience and dragged me shake hands with the President, who again reminded me of who I am to him among many other things, he lightly said, “Oh my sister Honorable Aol the ‘Bad woman’ is here…” sending roars of laughter among onlookers.
For these reasons, I am happy to be a ‘bad woman’ on behalf of all the women of Gulu.
Betty Aol Ocan.