Odong was first hospitalized at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital after collapsing while recording a statement at Pader Central Police Station in relation to his escape from police custody on January 6th 2021.
The Aruu County Member of Parliament, Samuel Odonga Otto has been
transferred to Nairobi for further treatment.
Odonga was first hospitalized at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital after collapsing
while recording a statement at Pader Central Police Station concerning his
escape from police custody on January 6th 2021.
The MP had been arrested by Police from Awere trading center for
alleged failure to observe the Standard Operating Procedures instituted by the
Health Ministry to curb the spread of Covid-19 and holding campaigns past the 6
pm deadline set by the Electoral Commission.
On Wednesday evening police blocked the transfer of Otto to Mulago Specialised
National Referral Hospital. It took her intervention and that
of the Kilak South MP, Gilbert Olanya who contacted the Deputy Inspector
General of Police, Maj. Gen Paul Lokech for help.
From Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, Odonga Otto was transferred
to St. Mary's Hospital Lacor all in Gulu City and later transferred to Nakasero
Hospital in Kampala as his health condition was deteriorating.
According to Odonga, he will only return to Uganda following
technical advice from his doctors after getting better.
"Hello. From Pader police station to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, then
to Lacor hospital, then to Nakasero hospital now I have been referred to
Nairobi this evening for more medical examination and treatment. I will be back
when doctors say I am well Pray for me. Thank you, Hon. otto" Odonga's
message to URN.
Gilbert Olanya, the Acholi Parliamentary Group General Secretary told URN on
Sunday afternoon that Odonga has complained of chest and internal organs pains
and suspects to have been poisoned.
Odonga lost his fifth term bid for the Aruu County Parliamentary seat in the
just-concluded parliamentary elections.
He was defeated by Independent candidate, Christopher Komakech who was declared
the winner after garnering 9,327 votes against Otto’s 5,953 votes.
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