Council business in Moroto district came to a standstill when a man suspected to be mentally impaired descended on the Matheniko County MP, John Baptist Lokii (NRM), and beat him up.
According to the police in Moroto, the legislator was attending the district council meeting at the Chamber Hall today, when a man only identified as Piriri emerged suddenly and hit him, leaving him with multiple injuries.
Jude Nasucha, the Moroto district police commander in Moroto says the MP was rescued by police. The attacker, a common face, often seen at functions, within Moroto and the neighbouring districts of Kaabong and Kotido, was arrested and detained.
Nasucha says that police will undertake a medical examination on the attacker to ascertain his mental status before considering charges against him.
Nasucha adds that if found to be mentally impaired, Piriri will be transferred to the National Referral Mental Hospital in Butabika, otherwise, he will be charged with assault.
According to police in Moroto, this is the second attack on the MP this month by the same person, who has allegedly assaulted a number of people including Police officers and businessmen.
However, the MP claims that Piriri is being used by his political opponents.