Disaster Minister sues Acholi MPs for Calling him Non-Ugandan
The Minister for Disaster Preparedness & Refugees, Eng Hillary Onek has petitioned the High Court seeking to be paid 400 million shillings in damages after his fellow MPs from the Acholi region referred to him as a non-Ugandan.
Eng. Onek is seeking damages from the Aruu county MP Odonga Otto, Kilak South County MP Gilbert Oulanya and the Chwa West MP Okin Ojara , the trio which is also part of a social parliamentary group ; Acholi Parliamentary group.
The minister in his law suit filed before the Kampala High Court – Civil division contends that his fellow legislators while appearing on one of the Radio Talk shows , repeatedly referred to him as a non-Ugandan who migrated from South Sudan .
Minister Onek continues to narrate in his plait that MP Odonga Otto allegedly claimed to know his brother who is serving as a minister in the South Sudanese government and a sister who is an MP in Juba; which false statements were also supported by the other 2 MPs who were co-guests .
According to Onek , all these statements made on the 17th/June 2020 by the 3 MPs were injurious and defamatory to his name and thus if not retracted , he risks losing touch with his supporters in Lamwo district .
The minister further seeks an apology from the 3 legislators for branding him as a land grabber and an oppressor alleging the same defamatory statements were widely distributed on social media .