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NUP Candidates, Supporters Remanded to Koboko Prison

Victor Cadribo, the Parliamentary candidate for Terego East, Sadad Salim for Arua Central division, Mohamad Ali, the NUP coordinator for West Nile, Bashir Ssekamate and Rashid Abdul were joined charged for organizing a riot, violating COVID-19 prevention guidelines and holding an illegal assembly.
Arrested Arua NUP candidates and supporters being led to the Court hall. One Sadad Salim was released while the other four were remanded to Koboko government prison till December 17th.

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Four of the Five National Unity Platform NUP candidates and supporters who were arrested for holding illegal protests in Arua on Wednesday have been remanded to Koboko government prison.

Victor Cadribo, the Parliamentary candidate for Terego East, Sadad Salim for Arua Central division, Mohamad Ali, the NUP coordinator for West Nile, Bashir Ssekamate and Rashid Abdul were joined charged for organizing a riot, violating COVID-19 prevention guidelines and holding an illegal assembly.

They were advised to apply for bail after presenting two sureties each, a letter from the village council and National IDs. But among the five, only Sadad Salim the NUP parliamentary aspirant for Arua central was able to meet the bail conditions in time. The others were remanded to Koboko government prison until December 17, 2020, when their bail application would be heard.

Grade One Magistrate Sarah Adong says that the four may be brought back to Court upon securing the requirements. However, relatives of the four remanded NUP supporters protested the ruling saying some of the sureties were deliberately blocked at the entrance even when they presented the necessary documents to show why they were wanted in the court.

They faulted the court for denying them justice.  

//Cue in; These people who...

Cue out... were denied justice."//

Meanwhile, Salim Sadad said he is working to secure bail for his colleagues before the weekend sets in. He says they will not relent to suppression by the state and do all that is necessary to regain their freedom. 

//Cue in; I and my colleagues...

Cue out... everywhere NUP."//

Reports indicate that more NUP supporters are mobilizing to demand the release of the four colleagues by today, Friday. More security personnel have been deployed in most parts of Arua and West Nile following the outbreak of riots on Wednesday.