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    From Parliament To Prison: MP Odonga Otto Remanded Gulu Prison…

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    Hon. Odonga Otto handcuffed

    Aruu County MP Odonga Otto will spend until next month in prison on charges of illegal possession of a gun and assaulting a journalist while at Pece Stadium in Gulu city in 2019.

    Otto, who was was arrested on Tuesday this week at Bomah hotel in Gulu City by Police Criminal Investigation department appeared in court yesterday, and was remanded to Gulu Prison untill April 6 when he returns to court, after pleading not guilty to assault and malicious damage charges.

    The MP, through his lawyer, who is also his wife, Ms Juliet Oyullu of Odonga Otto and company advocates had asked to be released on bail but he was not granted after the state prosecutor, Mr Tomson Epia told court that investigations into the charges against him were complete.

    The Grade one Magistrate, Mr Edward Akankwasa, denied the MP bail and remanded him until April 6, 2021.

    The magistrate remanded him saying hearing of his case will start on April 6 when he returns to court.

    Otto, who is one of the longest serving legislators in Acholi sub region was heavily defeated in the just concluded parliamentary elections by Christopher Komakech, an independent candidate who garnered 9,327 votes against Otto’s 5,953 votes, deeming the outspoken MP’s parliamentary bid for the fifth successive term unsuccessful.

    Otto was reportedly to be in a deranged state of mind after loosing the election for the first time in 21 years.

    Otto was subjected to a mental health examination to ascertain his mental stability, under police form number 24, before being charged with two counts of malicious damage to property and assault when he appeared before Grade One Magistrate in Pader District.

    The magistrate also directed the MP to first be quarantined and subjected to Covid-19 test at Gulu Regional Referral hospital before being taken to prison.

    According to the charge sheet, the MP on May 6, 2018 at Ogan Kanakok, Pajule Sub-County in Pader district, assaulted Mr Henry Mugisha, a driver of a Fuso truck vehicle UAR 234 C before destroying its windscreen.

    He also reportedly caused grievous bodily harm to Mr Mugisha during the assault.

    The MP however denied all the charges.

    Before the court proceedings, Mr Otto, while entering the court chambers was heard shouting that he will be sworn in as Aruu County MP come May 2021.

    Meanwhile there was heavy security deployment around the court chamber and police station before the legislator was taken to court.

    Police blocked his supporters who had turned up to witness the court proceedings from accessing court premises.

    Only the relatives of the legislator and some of his campaign agents were allowed to attend the court session.

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    Former Chief Justices Katureebe, Odoki Meet Dollo, Other Supreme Court Justices  Over Justice Kisakye’s Confiscated File…

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    Justice Kisakye's misunderstanding with the Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo came in light during Kyagulanyi's presidential petition withdrawal against Museveni's reelection

    Sources at the Kololo based Supreme Court have revealed  that two former Chief Justices have started mediating between eight Justices of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo and Justice Dr Esther Mayambala Kisakye.

    Our sources stated that last month, Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe, the immediate former Chief Justice separately met Chief Justice Dollo at his chambers at the Supreme Court and they held a secret meeting which took almost three hours. Our sources intimated to us that two weeks later, another former Chief Justice, Benjamin Odoki also met Justice Dollo, where after the two former Chief Justices met the eight Justices of the Supreme Court including Justice Robby Opio Aweri, Justice Mike Chibitta, Justice Stella Arach Amoko, Justice Faith Mwondah, Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Justice Percy Night Tuhaise, Justice Paul Mugamba, and the issue at hand was the misunderstanding between them and fellow Justice Kisakye.

    It is not yet established whether the former Chief Justices also met Justice Kisakye. The misunderstanding came in light during the withdrawing of the presidential petition filed by National Unity Platform (NUP)’s former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine challenging president Yoweri Museveni’s victory.

    Justice Kisakye accused Justice Dollo of confiscating her file containing her dissenting judgement after refusing him to vet her ruling. Judiciary’s Senior Communications officer Ssalongo Solomon Muyita rubbished Kisakye’s accusation stating that the problem was with her because she refused other justices on the penal from going through her ruling as the practice is, and or requires.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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    NRM MPs Warned Over Sex And Booze At Kyankwanzi Retreat, Speakership Candidate Under Probe For Bribing MPS With Alcohol For Votes…

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    Some of the NRM cadres at the NRM Kyankwanzi retreat

    The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party leadership has warned the selected party members and the new elected Members of Parliament to avoid involving themselves in acts of indiscipline including having sex and getting drunk on alcohol during the ongoing party retreat at Kyankwanzi National training Institute.

    Speaking to the Grapevine, Emmanuel Lumala Dombo, the NRM’s Director for Communication and Public Relations revealed that they have already started investigating the indiscipline exhibited by their members during their trip to Kyankwanzi on Thursday evening where party members got drunk and started abusing each other on the bus. Dombo described the incident as “absurd” and revealed that investigations are on into the matter, warning that culprits will be punished.

    Sources in Kyankwanzi intimated to this website that there is a candidate vying for the office of the deputy speaker who bought expensive alcohol and wine, on it branded with her pictures asking them to vote for her.

    Dombo also said that all members who are going to attend the meeting will not be allowed to access their mobile phones until evening.

    He added that other members who are pregnant will not be allowed for exercising after classes and breast feeding mothers were not welcome because of the highly physical demands of the retreat.

    There have always been ugly reports from the previous retreats at Kyankwanzi where reports of alcoholism, explicit sex and NRM big wigs fighting for beds.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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    Rapper DMX, 50, Dies Of Heart Attack…

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    Rapper Earl "DMX" Simmons music inspired countless fans across the world,

    US rapper and actor DMX has died at the age of 50, five days after suffering a heart attack.

    The performer, real name Earl Simmons, had been placed on life support and died with his family by his side.

    In a statement, his family said he had been “a warrior who fought till the very end”.

    “Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”

    DMX, aka Dark Man X, was a leading hip-hop performer who collaborated with such artists as JAY-Z, Ja Rule and LL Cool J.

    He took his moniker from the name of a drum machine used in rap tracks.

    The chart-topping artist’s songs included Party Up (Up in Here) and X Gon’ Give It To Ya.

    He also acted on screen, appearing in such films as Cradle 2 the Grave, Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds.

    Born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1970, DMX publicly battled substance abuse for years and spent several periods in rehab.

    A father of 15, he served jail sentences on charges including animal cruelty, reckless driving, drug possession and weapons possession.

    According to his family, DMX died on Friday at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York.

    “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him,” their statement continued.

    “We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time.

    “Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX.”

    Via BBC

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