Wilson Oyat Chagga, the FDC Parliamentary contestant for Gulu City West Division seat says their preparation to host Amuriat is within the laws of the country and any intimidations by the police won't stand on their way.
File Photo by Dominic Ochola - Former FDC President Rtd. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye (L), Kilak South County MP Gilbert Olanya and Patrick Obongi Amuriat cutting ribon to open new FDC offices in Kitgum Municipality
Supporters of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change - FDC
party say they are braced for police confrontation ahead of their presidential candidate, Patrick Oboi Amuriat's rally in Gulu City.
Their stance follows police deployment of two water cannon trucks and dozens of
Field Force Unit - FFU police personnel on standby ahead of Amuriat's rally
slated to take place at Awere football pitch on Wednesday.
The two trucks that last night stationed at the main entrance of Gulu Regional
Referral Hospital, opposite Gulu Central Police Station - CPS have been driven
to the rally ground.
"It's rare seeing such riot control trucks in Gulu and I
think they want to intimidate us." Alex Odongpiny, FDC party
supporter to URN this morning.
Francis Opiro, another FDC party supporter and a resident of Kirombe Parish in
Gulu City West Division says they are braced for police brutality
because they will not back off from exercising their constitutional
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Wilson Oyat Chagga, the FDC Parliamentary contestant for Gulu
City West Division seat says their preparation to host Amuriat is within the
laws of the country and any intimidation by the police won't stand on
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Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, Jimmy Patrick Okema says that the water
cannon trucks are meant to facilitate operations in the region but not aimed at
targeting FDC supporters. He warned that as long as they operate within the
COVID-19 directives, police won’t interfere with their campaigns.
Several party supporters and leaders including Betty Aol Ocan, the Leader of
Opposition in Parliament - LoP, Christopher Acire, a contestant for Gulu City
Mayoral race will receive Amuriat from the Aswa River bridge, at the border of
Gulu and Pader Districts but police foiled their attempts to avoid any
procession that may lead to overcrowding that flouts the SOPs aimed at
containing the spread of global Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
On Tuesday, FDC officials in Gulu launched a new campaign dubbed ‘defaced
posters’ after hundreds of the campaign posters and banners were
allegedly confiscated and destroyed NRM party supporters ahead of
President Museveni’s rally on Monday.
Amuriat also conducted his campaigns in Lamwo District in East Acholi after
engaging police in running battles in Kitgum Municipality
earlier on Tuesday. His campaign schedule had collided with that of the ruling
National Resistance Movement - NRM presidential candidate, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhabura.