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FDC Presidential Candidate Amuriat Oboi Released from Custody in Gulu

Trouble for Amuriat started when his entourage from Kitgum District dodged security to address a rally in neighbouring Omoro District where he was instead expected on Thursday. Earlier, he addressed a rally in Kitgum on a day he was expected to be in Lamwo.
19 Nov 2020 14:30
Presidential candidate, Patrick Oboi Amuria speaks to Journalists shortly before his arrest on Wednesday in Gulu City - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Forum for Democratic Change -FDC presidential candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat has been released from police custody.

Police said that Amuriat is being investigated for aiding a negligent act likely to spread an infectious disease under Section 17 of the Penal Code Act. This followed his arrest on Wednesday from Awere Playground in West Division, Gulu  where he was expected to address his supporters as part of his campaign trail.

Trouble for Amuriat started when his entourage from Kitgum District dodged security to address a rally in neighbouring Omoro District where he was instead expected on Thursday. Earlier, he addressed a rally in Kitgum on a day he was expected to be in Lamwo.

Aswa River Region Police Spokesman, Patrick Jimmy Okema told URN during an interview on Thursday that Amuriat and his agents instead organized a procession and refused to follow the agreed routes to the venue.

Okema explained that candidate addressed a rally at Celereno Market despite police warnings to stop and proceeded to the main venue. Okema adds that Amuriat flouted the standard operating procedures and addressed another crowd near Gulu Main market to address people.

Speaking to URN during an interview at Vision Hotel this morning, Amuriat accused police of deliberately arresting him to block him from addressing his supporters, saying it is a partisan institution serving the interests of the ruling National Resistance Movement – NRM government.

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Amuriat explained that he declined to record a statement at the police following his arrest on the instruction of the Regional Police Commander Ezekiel Emitu saying it was his right not to because he had no offence.

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At the launch of his campaign after being nominated by the Electoral Commission, Amuriat vowed to engage in defiance against established guidelines. However, police cautioned all political actors to respect and observe the set guidelines and SOPs on COVID-19 from both the Ministry of Health and Electoral Commission – EC to avoid conflicting with the law.