Police last evening fired teargas to disperse angry residents led by the Aruu County MP Odonga Otto who were protesting the move by the Lands minister Betty Amongi’s to survey Lakang and Kololo land located south of the Zoka forest in Amuru district where a sugar factory is planned for construction.
Half naked women surrounded the minister’s vehicle at a road block created by the angry residents, shouting, telling the Amongi to go back to Lango and leave Acholi land alone.
Consequently, MP Ottoo was arrested and taken away to an undisclosed area The Aswa region Police Commander Bosco Otim said it was to protect him. He was released late that evening.
Minister Amongi earlier said that over 100 owners of the contentious land gave government the go ahead to start the process of establishing a sugar factory on it. However local MPs didn’t agree with this and built plans to stop the land survey.
It’s reported that security officials learnt of this act and kept close eye on MPs Gilbert Olanya and Lucy Akello who have been very vocal against the move by government to acquire the land.
According to Daily monitor, the duo remained in sight and worked as a decoy for MPs Otto and Lucy Achiro to sneak into Amuru and mobilize the protesters.
Minister Amongi says the protesters were ferried by the MPS from Apaa, Lakang and Keyo.
Meanwhile MP Olanya says the minister deployed more than 200 police officers, and also crossed over to add more from Adjumani to reinforce her security. He said it only confirms her earlier statement that she will use whatever means including force to take over Amuru land.