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40 Arrested Over Nebbi Riots

At least 40 people have been arrested by a combined force of police and the UPDF following Monday’s day-long violent riots in Nebbi town.
At least 40 people have been arrested by a combined force of police and the UPDF following Monday’s day-long violent riots in Nebbi town.

 

Most of those arrested are supporters of Esrom William Alenyo, the LC 5 chairman whose blocked swearing in sparked off running battles between police and angry protestors.

 

Two people were shot dead in the fracas and 16 others were injured. The injured were admitted at Nebbi hospital.

 

Josephine Angucia, the police spokesperson for West Nile says the suspects were arrested in various parts of Nebbi town.

 

She says those who have been arrested have not been charged in courts of law because police is still screening them and when that process in completed they will be charged with inciting violence and malicious damage to property.

 

The suspects were picked after they destroyed property in Nebbi district headquarters following the failed swearing in ceremony. The riots followed a high court ruling declaring Alenyo duly elected chairman of Nebbi.

 

But in a new twist, Angucia’s statement has been contradicted by that of her regional police commander Samuel Okot who says the two people who died were not shot.

According to Okot who has barred all low ranking officers from talking to the media, the two were pierced with a sharp object and not bullets. But the Uganda Red Cross volunteers who were assisting the causalities and the dead after the shooting confirmed that the two were shot by police.

The swearing in that was already announced by the chief administrative officer was again blocked after incumbent chairman, Robert Okumu and his lawyer Paul Manzi brought another interim injunction from the court of appeal pending hearing of the main application for injunction.

But when the news again went that the ceremony was stopped, hundreds of supporters of Alenyo, who had turned up for the event, burst into violent riots. They burnt the office of Nebbi district NRM chairman Kerubino G. Adubango.

When contacted over the riots Alenyo said he did not direct people to riot but the will of the people has to be respected by the ruthless security officers who have resorted to killing innocent people. He says he will stand firm and continue to battle to regain his position.

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