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Live Bullets Fired to Disperse Campaign Crowd in Kotido

One person was wounded severely as bullets ripped through her legs leaving her bleeding profusely. The injured, identified as Gloria Ayolo, 24, was rushed to Kotido Health Centre IV in critical condition and later referred to Matany Hospital for proper management.

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Police fired live bullets and teargas to disperse supporters of Moses Bildard Adome, the Jie County Member of Parliament, also an aspirant in the NRM party Primaries in Kotido Municipality. The crowd had converged at Narikapet Ward in Kotido Municipality on Tuesday evening.

One person was wounded severely as bullets ripped through her legs leaving her bleeding profusely. The injured, identified as Gloria Ayolo, 24, was rushed to Kotido Health Centre IV in critical condition and later referred to Matany Hospital for proper management.

Felista Achen, an eyewitness and a resident of the same area says police asked the gathering to disperse because of the threat of COVID-19. However, after negotiations, the police allowed the meeting to take place on condition that the p[articipants adhere to COVID-19 control guidelines, which include wearing face masks in public places and keeping a safe distance between participants.

Achen, however, says she was surprised to hear gunshots moments later.

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Gloria Faith Auma, another witness said that the circumstances under which the police fired gunshots are unclear. She added that the injured person was shot on both legs.

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Kotido Resident District Commissioner Peter Logiro confirmed the incident saying the security team was reviewing the incident to see if there was excessive use of force by the police. Logiro, however, warned the candidates and the public to be cautious and ensure that COVID-19 guidelines are upheld.

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Adome is being challenged in a hotly contested race by Ismael Muhammed, the Mayor of Kotido Municipality for the NRM flag. Elections are due this Friday

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