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MP warns colleague of looming bloodshed

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By Martin Odong

Posted  Saturday, July 12   2014 at  01:00

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Warning? MP William Nokorach says he and Gilbert Olanya should resolve the tension between them because death is likely to occur.

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Amuru.
The Member of Parliament (MP) representing Persons with Disabilities in northern Uganda, Mr William Nokrach, has threatened bloodshed if Kilak County MP Gilbert Olanya does not hold dialogue immediately to resolve their differences.
On June 27, Mr Nokrach wrote to Mr Olanya informing him of the impending confrontation unless the conflict between them was settled amicably and urgently.

Purpose for writing
“The purpose of this letter is to inform you Mr Olanya to convene an immediate dialogue to resolve the tension between us, because death is likely to occur,” reads MP Nokrach’s letter, which Saturday Monitor saw. The letter was also copied to elders of the Pakiri community of the Lamogi Clan.
In the letter, Mr Nokrach accuses Mr Olanya of tarnishing his name in the community and challenged him to prove his allegations.

The letter did not mention the allegations Mr Olanya made against Mr Nokrach or the issues to be resolved between the two MPs.

Mr Nokrach acknowledged writing the letter, but denied any intention to harm Mr Olanya.
“I don’t want him (Olanya) to take the content of the letter as a threat. We have core issues that we need to settle with him come July 19 this year in the presence of Mzee Amos Gadama, the Pakiri Clan head,” Mr Nokrach said by telephone, adding that there was no cause for alarm. However, he warned Mr Olanya to take his demand seriously.

Mr Olanya said he was not aware of any friction between him and Mr Nokrach and wondered why the legislator had written to him such a letter.
“For my safety, I have registered the case of threat at Gulu Police Station citing the contents of the letter,” he said.

One of the elders of the Pakiri Clan, Mr Edward Abinyi, confirmed receiving a copy of Mr Nokrach’s letter but said they were still studying it.
The Regional Police commander, Mr Simon Bafana, said he was out of office, but promised to follow up on the matter when he returned to office.

Previous tensions
Last weekend, rowdy youth in Lakang in Amuru District mounted logs in the middle of the road to block Mr Olanya from meeting the residents. In May 2013, youth in Amuru waylaid their district Woman MP and minister Betty Bigombe and Mr Nokrach who were returning from Lakang to sensitise the residents on the benefits of intended investment in the area.

Madhvani Group of Companies is looking for 40,000 hectares of land in Lakang for sugarcane plantation. The two legislators suspect Mr Olanya was behind the attack.

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