James Owili, the officer in charge of Kalongo Police station says that Amuriat had broken the Electoral Commission guidelines by holding campaigns after 6 pm.
The police in Kalongo Town council in Agago district on Monday fired
teargas to disperse crowds that had gathered to listen to Forum for Democratic
Change- FDC party presidential candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat.
Amuriat arrived in Kalongo Town council at about 6 pm accompanied by the District
Woman Member of Parliament Judith Franka Akello. Their presence in the
area attracted large crowds who wanted to listen to their campaign message.
Amuriat told his supporters that Acholi Sub-region has suffered
and deprived of development adding that he was the right man if voted as
president to liberate the locals.
However less than five minutes into his speech, armed anti-riot police officers
approached the venue and started firing teargas at the crowds.
James Owili, the officer in charge of Kalongo Police station says
that Amuriat had broken the Electoral Commission guidelines by holding
campaigns after 6 pm.
He also notes that the presidential candidate was putting the lives of locals
at risk of contracting and spreading covid-19 in disregard of the Electoral
Commission and health Ministry Guidelines.
Earlier on Amuriat on Monday successfully held his first campaigns
in the district in Lira Palwo Sub County and Patongo Town Council.
In his message to his supporters, Amuriat promised that his government
will ensure that the locals in Acholi and their neighbours in Teso region are
compensated for their lost cattle.
He said that for 35 years, the people of Acholi, Lango and Teso have gone
through real suffering under the regime of President Museveni arguing that he
is the man to rescue them from the sufferings.
“35 years since Museveni came to power Acholi, Lango, Teso and Karamoja region
are still the poorest region. We were concentrated in camps when Museveni's,
our cattle were taken away from you by agents of Mr Museveni but our government
will ensure that those who lost their animals are compensated,” Amuriat told
Amuriat also promised to revive the defunct cooperative societies in the region
so that local farmers can produce and market their agricultural produce.
Amuriat who lost his shoes during nomination early this month has vowed to
finish the campaigns barefooted until he matches to the State House.
On Tuesday, Amuriat will hold campaigns in Kitgum District.
Bureau Chief, East Acholi