Former Aspirant for woman member of parliament Agago, Lllian Abalo Ongom has been sentenced to 8 months in jail for criminal trespass.
Abalo who double as the president of the Mother’s Union in East Acholi was on Monday evening caught red handed planting charms in the home of her brother-in-law, Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo in Aloi village Patongo town council.
Abalo who was arrested by security that was guarding the Chief Justice's home appeared Wednesday before the Grade One Magistrate in Patongo, Emmanuel Drajole where she was charged with criminal trespass.
Pictures of Abalo sitting on a wooden bench with liquid in a plastic bottle, which she was reportedly planting along with other charms in Dollo’s home that is still under construction started circulating on Tuesday morning. She was charged with criminal trespass vide SD Ref. 02/19/07/2022 at Patongo CPS.
Abalo pleaded guilty to the charges while appearing in court on Wednesday. Delivering his sentence, Drajole noted that Abalo’s conduct has no place in today’s world.
“The conduct was barbaric and has no place in modern society. This is also to send a message to others who might want to commit a similar offense,” Dragole said. Prior to her court appearance, Abalo told journalists that she was approached by one charcoal dealer commonly known as Atic, who is a friend to both her and the Chief Justice that he knew someone who could give her charms so that she reconciles with the Chief Justice. According to Abalo, she and the Chief justice have not been talking since 2012 due to a fight over some property.
Abalo agreed that she indeed went with Atic to plant the charms, which comprised of some sticks and the liquid but they were intercepted and arrested by security, which released her accomplice. She argues that she was set up because Atic was let go and the place is always unguarded.
She later revealed that she would appeal the conviction on the grounds that she is a widow with children who need her and ill health that needs medication.
Abalo ran for the Agago woman parliamentary seat in the last polls, is the Presidential Advisor and the incumbent vice chairperson of NRM Women’s League in Northern Uganda.