It was undoubtedly a great, cheerful day in Gulu town last weekend when Acholi Province hosted West Nile Province in the ongoing FUFA Drum tournament.
That day, Gulu town hosted thousands of people, especially sport lovers drawn from different parts of northern Uganda and West Nile, among them politicians, cultural and religious leaders.
And with more than 20,000 fans estimated to have thronged Pece War memorial stadium to watch the game, crowd management overwhelmed joint security personnel deployed.
Some people, like the Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto offered to be ushers and or bouncers.
The situation was “tense” in terms of overwhelming crowd but was properly managed, though.
With police having no “great crimes” committed during the day, an assault claim has been lodged against MP Otto.
Geoffrey Okot, a Gulu based radio journalist working with Choice FM says MP Otto punched him, a claim confirmed by Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC) in a statement released on Thursday.
NUMEC wants police in Gulu to “swiftly investigate the case to avoid delay of justice”
In a picture taken by Daily Monitor, journalist Okot’s neck seems “damaged” and “in pain”.
Speaking to TND News, Otto rubbishes allegation, branding a journalist a “pick pocket”.
Read more in his rebuttal statement below.
Again, the legislator says because the matter has turned political, he “will handle it politically”.
According to him, two secret meetings are held by two Pader NRM mobilizers to tarnish his name.
He identified the pair as only Philip and Nelson, revealing these meetings was held at Golden Gate Hotel.
Meanwhile, a case of assault vide CRB 50/16/06/2019 has been entered at Gulu Central Police Station, with medical report showing “soft tissue injury on the neck”.