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Police Block Ayivu Clan Leaders’ Meeting at Onduparaka :: Uganda Radionetwork

Police Block Ayivu Clan Leaders’ Meeting at Onduparaka

Manase Yuma Ayivu Cultural Chief Walking Away with his Subjects after been stopped from holding a meeting at Onduparaka today.

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Police 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 City.

The 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. 

By 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 security.   

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  Manase 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.   

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Gasper Pirio the Spokesperson for Save Ayivu Initiative castigated the police for blocking their meeting despite earlier information to them.  

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However, 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.   

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  According 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.

The 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.