By Jimmy Komakech
The Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC) calls for a swift police investigation on the alleged assault by the Aruu County Member of Parliament, Odonga Otto.
Geoffrey Okot, 29, a journalist with the Gulu-based Choice FM, claims he was punched on the neck by Odonga Otto at Pece Stadium in Gulu town.
This was on Sunday afternoon last week when Okot was covering a football match between West Nile and Acholi Provinces.
“The Northern Uganda Media Club is concerned by this allegation against a Member of Parliament who is expected to be an exemplary in society,” the statement reads.
“NUMEC calls on police in Gulu —where an assault case against Otto was lodged by Okot—to swiftly conclude investigations on the matter to enable timely delivery of justice to the victim,” statement further reads.
“Threats against journalists whether physical or otherwise undermine the ability of journalists to collect, process, and disseminate timely information critical for informed choice by the public.”
In that FUFA Drum tournament, Acholi Province was beaten 1:0 by West Nile Province.