Police in consultations with the
Electoral Commission have allocated the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party presidential
candidate, Patrick Oboi Amuriat another campaign venue out of Kitgum District.
This stems from the collusion of his
campaign schedule with that of the NRM presidential candidate, Yoweri Kaguta
Museveni. Both Amuriat and Museveni were allocated November 17 to hold their
campaigns in Kitgum District by the Electoral Commission.
The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, Jimmy Patrick Okema told
Uganda Radio Network this morning that Amuriat has been allocated the neighbouring
Lamwo district for his campaigns.
He says both candidates were allocated the
same date in Kitgum district, which prompted them to take a decision to allocate
Amuriat a separate venue avoid possible collusion between the supporters of the
Okema says President Museveni’s schedule hasn’t been interfered with. President
Museveni will hold his campaigns for East Acholi at Boma Grounds in Kitgum
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Okema says Amuriat has also been guided not to enter Kitgum
Municipality but to use Omiya Pachua in Agago district via Namukora and Mucwini
in Kitgum district to Padibe in Lamwo district. The FDC Northern Uganda special presidential envoy, Christopher Acire says
their campaign plan was approved and November 17 was allocated by EC for their
presidential candidate to campaign in Kitgum.
He says the party hasn’t yet got any official communication from EC giving them
a new venue for their campaigns outside Kitgum district.
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Morris Santo Oyoo, the Kitgum District FDC Chairperson faults EC for fixing the
same date for two different presidential candidates without making due
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Oyoo says the party will now announce a new date for Amuriat to hold his
campaigns in Kitgum District. But Rogers Mulindwa, the NRM Party spokesperson, says they had harmonized their
campaign schedule, and Kitgum district campaign is to be held today with full
knowledge of EC.
“This is the programme we submitted to the electoral commission and the
approved programme indicates that our flag bearer should be in Kitgum today
because tomorrow he will be in that side of Karamoja. I think this collusion
should have been a slight mistake from Amuriat’s side,” Says Mulindwa.
Paul Bukenya, the EC Spokesperson told URN in an interview that the date had
been harmonized and reserved for NRM. “We harmonized the programme and reserved
the date for NRM, which submitted its Programme earlier," he said.
Museveni and Amuriat embarked on campaigns in Acholi on Monday. Amuriat
traversed Agago and Pader districts while Museveni held campaigns in Gulu for