MPs Otto, Akol in fist Fight in Parliament
The Aruu County Member of Parliament, Odonga Otto was rushed to Nakasero hospital on Thursday afternoon after allegedly being punched by his Kilak North counterpart, Anthony Akol.
The two legislators exchanged blows at parliament over claims that Otto was telling Akol’s voters to eject him from the house for selling their land in Amuru to government.
Eye witnesses say Akol confronted Otto around the pigeonhole area and asked him why he was decampaigning him.
It is alleged that Otto didn’t deny the allegations insisting that indeed Akol sold the land, prompting Akol to punch him.
The Gulu Municipality MP, Lyandro Komakech quickly intervened to stop Akol.
It is here that Otto was rushed by Parliamentary Ambulance to Nakasero Hospital.
Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South MP who was at the scene during the fight, says he doesn’t know what exactly started the fight but said Otto was out of danger.
Okin PP Ojara, the Acholi Parliamentary Group Chairperson, says it is very unfortunate for the MPs to have clashed physically.
Last year MP Odonga was also accused of punching Geoffrey Okot, 29, a journalist with the Gulu-based Choice FM.
Attempts to speak to Akol were futile as he was attending plenary and promised to get back to Mega Fm later.
This isn’t the first time that MPs are fighting in parliament. In 2017, the Ayivu County MP, Bernard Atiku fought with his former Arua Municipality counterpart, the late Ibrahim Abiriga over insults.