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When contacted on phone, Wadri denied allegations of interfering with the campaign rally of his rival, saying he booked the campaign venue and time, in accordance with the Electoral Commission schedule.
14 Jan 2016 13:39
Peter Mindria on his sick bet at Arua Hospital
Police in Arua are hunting for the supporters of Kasiano Wadri, the incumbent Terego county Member Parliament on accusations of assaulting the supporters of his NRM rival, Moses Angundru.  Supporters of the two candidates clashed on Wednesday afternoon when they met at the same campaign venue in Fokovu village in Aiivu Sub County.

At least eight supporters of Angundru were injured in the clashes and were rushed to Arua hospital for treatment. Peter Mindira, the LC I chairman Naa Village Aripea parish in Aiivu Sub County is one of those who was injured in the clashes. Minidria sustained injuries on the head and neck.

Mindira told URN on his sick bed at Arua Regional Referral Hospital this morning, that the clashes broke out after Wadri and his supporters showed up at the campaign venue of his rival. He claims that when Wadri arrived, Angundru asked his supporters to leave, but the FDC supporters went ahead to assault them.

Boniface Alioni, the Arua NRM party spokesperson says they have called for an emergence meeting to discuss the matter and ensure the culprits are arrested. Jonathan Musinguzi, the Arua District Police Commander says they he has deployed officers to arrest those behind the clashes since they are known.

He cautions candidates against inciting their supporters ahead of the February polls. When contacted on phone, Wadri denied allegations of interfering with the campaign rally of his rival, saying he had booked the campaign venue and time, in accordance with the Electoral Commission schedule. He asked Police to act professionally and investigate the incident before rushing to arrest his supporters.

Wadri faulted the NRM party supporters for provoking his supporters even after their candidate left the venue, which he says led to the skirmishes. Last months, police picked up the supporters of Independent Presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi for allegedly assaulting those of his NRM rival, Yoweri Museveni during clashes in Ntungamo district.

The suspects were charged in Ntungamo magistrate\'s court for assault, malicious damage to property and causing bodily harm. They were released on court bond after spending close to a week in jail.