By AWORI ESTHER LUCY
NAIROBI, Kenya|SHIFTMEDIA| First initial reports indicated that the outspoken former FDC legislator from Aruu County, Samuel Odonga Otto got a shock after learning that he had lost his seat.
Next reports came in that he was reportedly poisoned. Days after his health deteriorated, he now been transferred to Nairobi for further treatment.
Otto was first hospitalized in Gulu Regional Referral hospital after collapsing while recording a statement at Pader Central police station concerning his escape from police custody on January 6, 2021.
The MP had been arrested by police from Awere trading centre for alleged failure to observe standard operating procedures instituted by the Ministry of Health 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 Otto’s transfer to Mulago Specialised National Referral hospital in Kampala.
It took the intervention of the Kilak South MP Gilbert Olanya who contacted the deputy inspector general of police, Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech for help.
From Gulu hospital, Otto was transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor also in Gulu before being transferred to Nakasero hospital in Kampala when his health condition further deteriorated.
Gilbert Olanya, the Acholi Parliamentary Group general secretary said today Sunday that Otto has been complaining of chest and internal organs pain and suspects to have been poisoned.
Otto lost his fifth term bid for the Aruu County parliamentary seat in the just-concluded parliamentary elections. He was defeated by an independent candidate, Christopher Komakech who was declared the winner after garnering 9,327 votes against Otto’s 5,953 votes.
Otto was so vocal in the 10th parliament especially when he represented the people of Aruu under the Forum for Democractic Change (FDC) party.