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Kitgum Municipality MP Arrested For Holding Procession

The Forum for Democratic Change Party (FDC] stalwart was picked from his home in Pager Division, Kitgum Municipality on Friday evening.
Kitgum Municipality Legislator Denis Onekalit Amere
The Police in Kitgum District has arrested Denis Onekalit Amere, the Kitgum Municipality Member of Parliament for allegedly staging a procession.

The Forum for Democratic Change –FDC Party stalwart was picked from his home in Pager Division, Kitgum Municipality on Friday evening.

Robert Oken, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigation at Kitgum Central Police station says the Amere who has been transferred to Gulu Police Station will be charged with negligent act likely to spread an infectious disease. 

He noted that the police are making further investigation into the offence adding that upon completion, the legislator will likely be produced in court on Monday.

Under Section 171 of the Penal Code Act, a person who is found guilty of committing the offence is liable to imprisonment for up to 7 years in prison.

Amere ran into trouble with the police earlier on Friday morning as he attempted to unveil and donate a new ambulance he recently purchased for locals in his constituency. He had intended to deliver a promise he made to his voters during campaigns ahead of the January 14 Parliamentary elections to revamp the health sector in Kitgum Municipality. 

But the Police led by acting Kitgum District Police Commander Martin Abigaba blocked the donation of the ambulance on grounds that the legislator had the intention of holding a procession likely to attract crowds.

Abigaba alleged that the legislator had mobilized many supporters for the procession, a move that contravened guidelines on curbing the spread of covid-19. 

Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, William Komakech says that hours after the legislator was asked to cancel the planned procession, he went ahead and still held it.

Komakech says the legislator put the lives of many people at risk at a time the district and country are battling a deadly wave of covid-19.

Amere defeated Beatrice Anywar, the designated State Minister for Environment in the January 14 parliamentary polls to occupy the Kitgum Municipality seat. Amere garnered 3,263 votes against Anywar's 3,052 votes.     

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