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FRONASA Fraternity in Acholi Disowns Billy Graham Olanya

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.
13 Sep 2020 12:04
Billy Graham Olanya, the disputed Coordinator of FRONASA fraternity in Acholi - Photo by Joan Akello (1)

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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 livelihoods.

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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His 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 personal gains.

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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.   

Among 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