On Wednesday, the officers were teargassed by dozens of Field Force Police-FFP personnel from Gulu Central Police Station while struggling to quell down rowdy FDC supporters who were holding a procession through Gulu City. The FFP officers threw teargas at the presidential candidate as members of his security detail tried to shield him.
officers on the security detail of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC
presidential candidate, Patrick Oboi Amuriat has complained of attacks by their
Field Force Police-FFP colleagues.
The officers say they have become victims of
teargas, water cannons and other forms of brutality from their counterparts
deployed to break up Amuriat’s rallies.
the officers were teargassed by dozens of Field Force Police-FFP personnel from Gulu
Central Police Station while struggling to quell down rowdy FDC supporters who
were holding a procession through Gulu City.
The FFP officers threw
teargas at the presidential candidate as members of his security detail tried
to shield him.
Some of the
police guards, who are from the Counter-Terrorism Unit, were overheard shouting
on top of their voices at their colleagues to direct the teargas elsewhere in
‘’We are part of you and were deployed from the police headquarters to
protect the Presidential Candidate. Why are you firing at us? This is
unrealistic,” some of the officers said.
Some of the
officers told URN on condition of anonymity at Awere Open Grounds where Amuriat
was scheduled to address a rally that it is quite unfortunate that they are
being targeted by their colleagues who should protect them.
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wondered the kind of training the FFU officers underwent and capability of
their commanding officers because of their conducts.
While at Awere Open
Grounds, John Bosco Nyangkol, the Officer In-charge of Gulu Central Police
Station who led the operation was seen frantically struggling to stop the FFU
officers from firing at their colleagues in vain.
almost two hours for the FFU officers to respond to Nyangkol`s orders to stop
firing teargas and live bullets.
Patrick Amuriat Oboi, the FDC presidential
candidate told URN in a separate interview that associating with him has become
a crime in Uganda that is paid by teargas and live bullets.
Last week, a police officer on the security detail of the National Unity Platform-NUP presidential
candidate, Robert Kyagulany Ssentamu was injured by a teargas canister that was
fired by officers battling NUP supporters in Karamoja.
The Aswa Region Police
Spokesperson, Jimmy Patrick Okema didn’t respond to queries put to him by our
reporter over the matter.