Members of Parliament who had organized consultation meetings with their electorates over the proposed lifting of the presidential age limit in Lango but were teargassed and dispersed from their first gathering at Adyel division, Lira municipality by police headed by the Lira District Police Commander Joel Tubanone have issued a joint statement in reaction to the Tuesday incident that led to the admission of two legislators, Cecilia Ogwal and Silvia Akello and several others in hospital
Key from the statement include condemnation of Tuesday’s actions of the police to the electorates and their leaders.
The MPs also denounced the alleged plot by security officers to assassinate MPs who oppose land and age limit bills.
The MPs allege that DPC Joel Tubanone was on Tuesday acting on an order to have MPs opposed to the two contentious bills assassinated.
The statement read by the Dokolo South MP Felix Okot Ogong to journalists on Wednesday also strongly condemned the actions of DPC Tubanone on Mp Ogwal.
“Joel Tubanone assaulted an elderly and sickly parliamentary commissioner” – Mp Okot read.
The MPs demand an apology from Tubanone. They said the DPC should apologize to Lira municipality woman Mp Joy Ongom for stopping her consultative meeting. They also want the DPC to apologize to among others Mp Ogwal, Mp Silvia Akello, Jek Etwop, Lameck Ogwal, Mary Okullo for the harm caused to them. They want the DPC to pay the medical bills of people hurt from the consultation meeting.
The MPs further demand that Joel Tubanone be prosecuted for his Tuesday actions. They say they are willing to file complaints at the Police Standard Unit, and civil court.
The statement signed by Mps Felix Okot Ogong, Charles Angiru Gutmoi, Santa Alum Ogwang, Cecilia Ogwal, Joy Ongom, Silvia Akello and Jonathan Odur also demands for the release of people arrested in the consultation meeting. They also demand for continuation of age limit consultation meetings.
DPC Joel Tubanone however denied the allegations of assaulting people on Tuesday. Speaking earlier on a radio talkshow, he said the politicians are just trying to mix security matters with politics. He said his actions were just secure everyone.