Gun shots rock Apac as MP Akora, RISO clash over Besigye

Thursday February 18 2016


APAC- Several gun shots on Thursday afternoon rocked Apac Town during a scuffle between Maruzi County MP, Maxwell Akora, and the security operatives commanded by Mr Emmanuel Peace Opollo.

The legislator claimed he was assaulted by the security operatives as he was returning from Akororo Sub-county, where he had gone to cast his vote.

According to Mr Akora, his convoy of three vehicles was blocked by Mr Opollo, who accused him of campaigning for Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye.

“At this point, my supporters jumped off the vehicle to force Mr Opollo to allow us pass but he (Mr Opollo) ran back to his vehicle, pulled an AK47 rifle and started shooting in the air- to intimidate us,” he said.

“I am aware they accusing me of campaigning for Dr Kizza Besigye yet for me I’m only pursuing my votes. These people are panicking that they are losing the presidential election to Besigye,” he added.

Lt George Musinguzi, the 5th Division army spokesperson, confirmed the incident, blaming it squarely on the MP.

“Mr Akora was resisting arrest because he was found bribing voters. He moved from polling station to polling station, dishing out money to people,” Lt Musinguzi said, confirming that several bullets were fired on the legislator’s convey.

Mr Akora, who is seeking re-election for the second time, said he had instructed his lawyer to take up the case. “And I have already informed the District Police Commander Apac about the matter,” he told Daily Monitor on Thursday.

The UPC MP is battling to retain his seat with NRM’s Eddy Ococ. Akora has also been accused of de-campaigning the NRM woman parliamentary candidate for Apac, Ms Betty Engola. Ms Engola is the wife to Mr Sam Engola, the minister of state for Urban Development and also the northern Uganda NRM regional vice chairperson. She is congtesting for Apac Woman MP against the incumbent MP Lucy Ajok, a sister to Mr Akora. Others also eying the seat are Ms Mary Grace Amek (Independent) and Ms Kelly Auma (UPC).

Mr Engola is also contesting to retain his Erute South parliamentary seat.