GULU, UGANDA: Aruu County Member of Parliament Hon. Samuel Odonga-Otto has been rushed to hospital where he is being treated for suspected poisoning.
According to reports, the Member of parliament was in police custody where he was being questioned by the police on why he escaped police custody after he was arrested for disobeying the COVID-19 health guidelines during the 2021 general elections campaign trails.
According to reports, it was during the questioning by Pader District Police Commander (DPC) Ramathan Thai that the 2021 aspirant for Aruu South MP seat started complaining about not feeling well.
“He collapsed thereafter,’ DPC Thai told state media, Mega FM.
Odongo Otto alleges that he was poisoned with the aid of a mineral water bottle which was handed to him at Pader Police station. He did not say who offered him the water.
Otto, who recently lost his Parliamentary seat to Independent Candidate, Christopher Komakech was later rushed to Gulu regional referral hospital private wing where he received treatment.
In an Interview with our reporter, Mrs. Juliet Otto, Wife to the MP said that the Hospital had referred them to Mulago national referral hospital for further management
“We have been referred to Mulago Hospital because this hospital can’t handle the condition but the Police were blocking us from exiting the hospital.’’ Said Mrs. Otto
She added that her husband became unwell while recording a Police statement from Pader Central Police post on Tuesday evening and that he is feeling pain in his chest and having breathing difficulties.
Otto, who was visibly breathing heavily said he suspects to have ingested poison.
He said he had an appointment with a private Cardiologist in Kampala by Wednesday 7pm but the Police delayed his travel to Kampala.
The police have agreed to extend Odongo Otto’s police bond due to the incident and the influence of the leader of Opposition, Betty Aol Ochan.
Odongo Otto was recently defeated by Dr Christopher Komakech in the 2021 Aruu South MP race. Komakerch is a nephew to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Paul LOketch.