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Kitgum Municipality MP Barred From Accessing Constituency For Two Weeks

The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson David Ongom Mudong says the decision was taken to avoid incitement and illegal congregation people that contravenes the current Standard Operating Procedure in the fight against Coronavirus Disease(Covid-19).
Kitgum Municipality Legislator Denis Onekalit Amere

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The Police in the Aswa River Region has barred the Kitgum Municipality Member of Parliament Denis Onekalit Amere from accessing his constituency for the next two weeks.

Amere was reportedly barred on Monday shortly after police released his private ambulance that had been detained at Kitgum Central Police station. 

Amere was on June 11 arrested and whisked to Gulu Central Police station where he was briefly detained and released on Police bond. He had been charged with unlawful disobedience and negligent act likely to cause the spread of covid-19.

On Monday when Amere reported to the Police in Gulu city, his bond was further extended on grounds that the Magistrate Court where he was due to be charged wasn’t in operation due to covid-19.

The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson David Ongom Mudong that Amere was advised not to step foot in his constituency.

He says the decision was taken to avoid incitement and illegal congregation of people that contravenes the current Standard Operating Procedure in the fight against Covid-19.

“The advice was given to the Honorable not to go back to Kitgum soon because his presence there is likely to cause incitements and illegal congregation that contradicts the current SOPs in the fight against Covid-19,” He says.

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Mudong says Amere will be allowed in his constituency after the two weeks have elapsed. He adds that the police are still investigating the matter and will present him in court when courts reopen.

“He has been given two weeks not to cross that place, but I know further guidance will be given to him,” He says.

The Police earlier accused Amere of mobilizing his supporters on June 11 as he made attempts to donate his newly acquired ambulance for health emergency in Kitgum Municipality leading to his arrest and confiscation of the automobile.

Amere says that he will heed the police decision but notes that the directive is “politically motivated”.

“I will heed to their directive of barring me for the next one week from my constituency. This is to avoid further blames on me. The move is however political,” 

The Forum for Democratic Change-FDC Party stalwart defeated National Resistance Movement-NRM party flag bearer Beatrice Anywar in the January 14 Parliamentary polls garnering 3,263 votes against Anywar's 3,052 votes.