However, the election which is supposed to have closed at 4: 00 pm today has failed to take off as the youth delegates turned rowdy demanding that each of them is paid 2 million Shillihs before voting for the candidates.
Hundreds of women thronged Arua City Mayor’s gardens as early as 7:00am with the hope of receiving the campaign T-shirts and free goodies from the National Resistance Movement-NRM presidential candidate, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Arua Central Division NRM Parliamentary candidate, Jackson Atima.
According to Saddam, plain-clothed men stormed Hadad’s residency two weeks ago and ordered him to come out but he was stopped by his family and neighbours. He also claimed that some people from the NRM camp approached Hadad and asked him to abandon his candidature in exchange for money in vain. The NUP camp has given security 48 hours to produce least they take to the streets.
Meanwhile Harriet Asinduru Executive Director of Young Women Connect a local Community Based Organization in Arua said individual CBOs are now realigning their activities as plan ‘B’ to incorporate the activities of UWONET in their programmes.
Speaking to URN in Lugbara on Monday, Pirio said the visibly drunken youths emerged from another campaign venue and passed where they were campaigning from. She says the youths started insulting them and ordered them to vacate their village.
The meeting which was convened at the City Mayor’s Gardens turned rowdy after some of the groups including Boda Boda Associations accused the program officials of dragging the process and using their names to get money.
During a six minutes’ address to his supporters at Arua primary school grounds on Saturday evening, Tumukunde said the people of Arua and West Nile have suffered and lagged behind for the last 35 years under the NRM regime and should vote for change.
But in her response to the anomaly, Joyce Amaguru the acting NRM chairperson for Arua district and a member of the NRM Women council said she acted in good faith since the animals needed immediate giveaway yet she hadn't been told of any specific beneficiaries.
Victor Cadribo, the Parliamentary candidate for Terego East, Sadad Salim for Arua Central division, Mohamad Ali, the NUP coordinator for West Nile, Bashir Ssekamate and Rashid Abdul were joined charged for organizing a riot, violating COVID-19 prevention guidelines and holding an illegal assembly.
In Arua and other districts of West Nile, leaders have come up to denounce what they call excessive use of force against innocent civilians who are peacefully demonstrating the arrest of Bobi Wine and demanding for his release.
While meeting over 300 NRM youth leaders from West Nile in Muni University campus on Sunday, Museveni said the youth leaders should work with other groups like elders instead of campaigning independently.