Last week, Olanya was pictured at the main entrance of State House in Entebbe Municipality trying to seek an audience with President Yoweri Museveni over unfulfilled pledges for members of FRONASA. He later told journalists that he, on behalf of Acholi people, was following up on the 900 million Shillings’ pledge made by the President to FRONASA Cooperative Union.
Relatives of the fallen fighters of the Front for National
Salvation (Fronasa) in Acholi have disassociated themselves from the
proclaimed leadership of Billy Graham Olanya as their coordinator in the region.
Last week, Olanya was pictured at the main entrance of State House
in Entebbe Municipality trying to seek an audience with President Yoweri
Museveni over unfulfilled pledges for members of FRONASA. He later told journalists that he, on behalf of Acholi people, was following up on
the 900 million Shillings’ pledge made by the President to FRONASA Cooperative Union.
In 2013, the President made several pledges to this group including
building for them houses, procurement of a maize huller machine, cash rewards, scholarships,
livestock and tractors to help them revive and improve their economic
According to Olanya, up to 370 members of the fraternity opened their accounts in Centenary Bank seven years ago, awaiting their
money but to date, nothing has materialized.
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Olanya, 49, also an aspirant
for the Omoro District Chairmans seat disclosed that he made
several attempts to seek an audience with the President to no avail. He added that
he would camp at the entrance of the State House until he meets the President.
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But Francis Okello Odoki, the son to Late Lino Okuya of Omoro District, who led FRONASA
fighters in Acholi disclosed that they are not aware that Olanya is their
coordinator labelling him an impostor and fraudster.
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counterpart Justus Tugumu, a grandchild of Yakobo Oyet of
Atiak in Amuru District equally distanced himself from Olanya’s
leadership describing his initiative a falsehood aimed at selfish and
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Museveni is among the founders of FRONASA, a former military movement that was formed in 1971 to fight against the dictatorial
regime of Idi Amin Dada. It is estimated that close to 5,000 FRONASA fighters hailed from
Acholi and these played key roles as coordinators, combatants and spies. As a result, their
descendants have always petitioned the government to be rewarded.
some of the former FRONASA revolutionaries in Acholi whose children and
relatives are seeking rewards from the President include that of late
Amos Obwona in Atiak, Alpeo Bongomin in Pabbo – all in Amuru and John
Labeja in Awere, Pader District, among others
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.