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Police Blocks Presidential Candidate Amuriat’s Rally in Pabbo Town Council

Tensions ensured after Amuriat’s entourage led by Michael Lakony, the Amuru District LC 5 Chairperson stormed the Town Council to address enthusiastic supporters but police swung into action and blocked them.
Presidential candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat struggling with police in Pabbo Town Council - Photo by Jesse James Johnson.

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Police in Amuru District on Thursday blocked Presidential candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat’s rally in Pabbo Town Council.

Tensions ensured after Amuriat’s entourage led by Michael Lakony, the Amuru LCV Chairperson stormed the Town Council to address enthusiastic supporters but police swung into action and blocked them.

But Emmanuel Bwambale, the District Commander advised the team to shift to Pabbo Secondary School compound few kilometres away from the Town Council. However, Amuriat’s team resisted the directive arguing that the school compound is isolated and bushy.

Following a heated exchange of words, confusion erupted after more than 1,000 FDC supporters joined to back up their leaders.

Left with no option, anti-riot police fired teargas and live bullets to disperse the angry crowd.

For several hours, businesses and traffic along the highway came to a standstill as residents retreated to their shops and corridors for safety.

Morris Odong, an ardent FDC supporter told URN in an interview that they are surprised of the continued interference by police aimed at foiling their campaigns ahead of the 2021 general polls.

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Michael Lakony, the FDC chairman in Amuru explained the violent action of the police was uncalled for since Presidential candidate, Amuriat was scheduled to address his supporters in the District today.

Earlier on, Amuriat told URN in an interview that continued police brutality against the party activities is intended to frustrate their struggle to the advantage of the incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni.

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When contacted, Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson blamed FDC leaders for insisting on holding their rally in the middle of Gulu – Nimule highway, an act that would flout the standard operating procedures to curb the spread of novel Coronavirus Disease.

However, Okema disclosed that there were no arrests made and no reported cases of injuries during the scuffle. By press time, Amuriat was locked in FDC branch office in Pabbo Town Council.

America has been engaging police in running battles since his campaign trails in Acholi sub-region which began on Tuesday in Kitgum Municipality. The latest scuffle happened on Wednesday in Gulu City which led to his arrest.