in Arua this morning swung into action and stopped a meeting convened by Ayivu
Elders and Clan Leaders in Onduparaka the headquarters of Ayivu Division Arua
meeting of over 200 people was convened to give feedback on the petition submitted
by Save Ayivu Initiative to Parliament seeking to withdraw Ayivu from Arua City
three months ago.
11:00 am over 200 people including Elders from East and West Ayivu
Constituencies had gathered at Onduparaka to start their meeting but Anti-riot
police immediately arrived from Arua CPS and stopped the meeting, attracting
bitterness from the participants.
The dispersed people expressed anger at the police action of stopping
their meeting which they said was put to the notice of all players including
// Cue in; Chief is calling for…...'//
Cue out; future of their children …. //
Yuma the Cultural Chief of Ayivu Clan who was scheduled to chair the meeting
told URN that police were given wrong information to stop their meeting which
was genuinely convened.
According to Yuma, they will go to the office of the Resident City Commissioner on Monday
next week to seek answers as to why they were barred from holding a meeting on
their own land.
// Cue in; We arranged to have…...'//Cue out; that was our cry…. //
Pirio the Spokesperson for Save Ayivu Initiative castigated the police for
blocking their meeting despite earlier information to them.
// Cue in; Today we are gathered here…...'//Cue out; we gave formal invitation…. //
Arnold Arinaitwe the DPC Ayivu Division who commanded the dispersal of the crowd said they received intelligence information
that the meeting would cause chaos as some other people were planning to attack
the organizers and participants during the meeting.
// Cue in; There was scheduled meeting…...'//
Cue out; chaos in that meeting…. //
to reports, the people of Ayivu have been further provoked to seek withdrawal
from the City because of not receiving funding from the government since the
official kick-off of Arua City in 2020.
Speaker of Parliament is reportedly planning to visit Arua to respond to the
petition of the people of Ayivu before the end of the Year.