39 people arrested in Nebbi for staging violent protests against the swearing-in ceremony of Esrom William Alenyo as Nebbi district LC V chairman are to be arraigned in court.
39 people arrested in Nebbi for staging violent protests against the swearing-in ceremony of Esrom William Alenyo as Nebbi district LC V chairman are to be arraigned in court. Josephine Angucia, West Nile Regional Police Spokesperson, says the 39 will be charged with various ranging from arson, rioting, malicious damage to property, assault, unlawful assembly to disruption of public peace and order.
The suspects are still detained at Nebbi central police station but are expected to be transferred to Paidha government prison in nearby Zombo district. The rioting was sparked off after Alenyo failed to get sworn into office for the third time.
Alenyo won a High Court case in which he challenged the outcome of a vote recount that overturned his February win and handed victory to Robert Okumu of the National Resistance Movement.
But Okumu has since appealed against the Arua High Court ruling and has secured an injunction against the swearing-in of Alenyo until the disposal of the appeal. Angucia, who emerged from a marathon security meeting attended by top regional and district security and political leaders, regretted the shooting of two people to death during the riots but defended the police action saying they had come under severe attacks.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that two policemen were hit by arrows by the rowdy rioters who engaged them in day-long skirmishes in the town. Angucia says the circumstances under which the two men were killed are being investigated.
But Samuel Okot, West Nile Regional Police Commander says that preliminary investigations suggest the two men have stab and not bullet wounds.
Kermundu Adubango, Nebbi NRM district chairman whose business premises was torched in the riots, said he is being targeted simply because he leads the party in the district. Our reporter Benedict Okethwengu in Nebbi says some normalcy has returned to the town although many people are still fearful of what might come next.
Businesses opened today although the town was reportedly a shadow of its bustling self as many people kept at home. The town is awash with both police and soldiers who are keeping a closer look at the situation and are enforcing a dusk-to-dawn curfew.