Wednesday February 17 2016

Ekanya survives lynching

Tororo County MP Geoffrey Ekanya

Tororo County MP Geoffrey Ekanya 

By Joseph Omollo

The Police in Tororo on Wednesday rescued Tororo County MP Geoffrey Ekanya from being lynched by irate supporters of Otuke District woman MP Annet Nyakecho.
Ms Nyakecho is challenging Mr Ekanya in the newly-created Tororo North County.

Ms Nyakecho, an independent candidate and four others are contesting against Mr Ekanya, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) strong man in the newly- created Tororo North County.
The irate mob armed with pangas, clubs and other weapons intercepted MP Ekanya who was moving in the company of two police officers at Atiri in Mukujju Sub- County at midnight and held them hostage on allegations of voter bribery.
The trio was held hostage until 2 am when more police enforcement led by the Commander of the Field Force Unit in charge Bukedi sector, Sam Omalla, rescued them.

Mr Ekanya told the police that he was going to Atiri to rescue one of his agents from supporters of Nyakecho who had held them hostage.
‘’I was rushing to rescue my agent Noah Ekirapa who had been attacked by supporters of my opponents but not bribing voters as its being alleged,’’ he said.
The Bukedi region police spokesperson Sowali Kamulya confirmed the incident saying Ekanya survived the mob after locking himself in the vehicle until when he saw Mr Omalla.
Mr Kamulya said the alleged voter bribery against Mr Ekanya could not be confirmed because he was not found with any money on him or in his car.

He said the MP was later driven to the central police station to record a statement.
Mr Kamulya said it was true two police officers had also checked out of Atiri and there was no evidence pinning the two. They were released after recording statements.
He condemned the political violence being orchestrated by some candidates ahead of tomorrow’s elections and warned candidates against bribing voters tonight.