Lawyer – cum politician B’tek Okot who was two months ago shot at in the leg and injured by the bodyguard of the Amolatar district RDC, Lillian Eyal is held captive by Kumi Othorpaedic hospital after failing to clear medical bills which has accumulated to shillings 30 million
Counsel Okot, speaking from Kumi, told TND News that he was upon review by the doctor who fixed his broken bones that he could only be discharged if the above sum of treatment bill was cleared.
“I have been ‘discharged’, though I am still in a lot of pain and towards recovery but I cannot leave the hospital without clearing the bills because I don’t have the money,” a frustrated Okot sounded on phone.
But according to B’tek, he has discussed his situation with the hospital authorities and requested that he (B’tek) be allowed to remain within a reachable distance in Kumi town but not in hospital detention as he forges away forward to clear the outstanding bill.
“I told the doctors that since I have been bedridden, I could not make any money and I have asked them to allow me move out of hospital but within Kumi, and I won’t leave until I clear them,” B’tek says while speaking to Frank Oyugi.
B’tek says he is now relying on his family members in Kyoga County Amolatar district and well-wishers to help him raise the 30m so as he can be a free man.
Okot was a few days after his admission at the hospital visited by his learned fellows like Daniel Omara Atubo and some member of Uganda Law Society.
TND News has seen a copy of the medical bills issued to Okot B’tek but has not been able to independently verify with the hospital authorities his alleged detention.
After the visit, Atubo spoke to the press and lambasted security officers in Amolatar district over their highhandedness in handling situations and for the violent shooting of Okot who was unarmed at the time of the incident.
How the shooting happened.
Moses Okot Junior aka B’tek, a Gulu- based Lawyer who has also shown interest in contesting for Kyoga constituency Member of Parliament seat in the 2021 general elections and known for promoting People Power pressure group in Amolatar District was on 22 May 2019 shot by Pt RA 241999, Moses Tumukunde, a resident of Amolatar town council and a bodyguard of Amolatar RDC, Ms Lillian Eyal
Later Police said the shooter was in their custody at Amolatar central police station under file vide CRB243/2019.
Police said then the solider was arrested and that an SMG riffle with four full magazines and another with 28 rounds of ammunition was recovered as investigations continued.
According to Police publicist for North Kyoga Region, David Ongom Mudong, Okot was shot at near a market in Amolatar town because he was mobilizing for People Power movement.
“When the RDC ordered for his (Okot’s) arrest, he tried to run away. This prompted the guard to shoot. He was injured in the leg. The victim is believed to have been taken to yet to be identified clinic in Lira town,” Mr Ongom said then.
However, Mr Okot would later tell TND News in an interview that he was shot because he had mobilized and scheduled a meeting with fishermen on the shores of Lake Kyoga to resist government ban on fishing on Lake Kyoga which stands till date.
Announcing his official people power coordination team at his Magere home in Wakiso district last week, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine rewarded Okot for his great stride towards mobilization.
Mr. Okot, Bosmic Otim and Gilbert Oulanya are key people to mobilize for People Power in northern Uganda.