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According to Mudong, the checkpoints will help Police to screen people especially those who are strangers and entering Omoro District at the time campaigns are ongoing and a by-election around the corner.
The Police have mounted a number
of checkpoints and deployed security personnel along major roads within Omoro
District to beef security ahead of the Omoro County Parliamentary by-election.
The checkpoints are visible within
Opit Town Council and along roads connecting Opit Town Council to Lalogi Town
Council and Acet Town Council.
The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson
David Ongom Mudong told Uganda Radio Network - URN in an interview that the move is
part of Police readiness to avert any possible wrong elements from entering
Mudong says they are expecting very
important persons in government to take part in the campaigns and as such, it’s
a routine to provide security.
According to Mudong, the checkpoints will help Police
to screen people especially those who are strangers and entering Omoro District
at the time campaigns are ongoing and a by-election around the corner.
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The security beef-up comes just a
few days after security claimed that suspicious individuals had been ferried into
Omoro District to interfere with the ongoing campaigns and by-election slated
for May 26th, 2022.
Meanwhile, Police fired teargas on Thursday evening to disperse hundreds of supporters of the
National Unity Platform-NUP for allegedly holding campaign rallies past the recommended
6 pm. The scuffle which took place at
about 8 pm in Acet Town Council reportedly left a toddler in a coma after reportedly
inhaling tear gas.
Mudong notes that reports
indicate the group was violating the EC time frame of the campaign adding that
when police responded to stop them, they instead decided to pelt police
officers with stones prompting retaliation.
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He acknowledged that a young
child suffocated from inhaling tear gas fired by police but noted the child is
in good shape after being rushed for medical treatment at Lalogi Health Center
Simon Toolit Akecha, the National
Unity Platform flag bearer says he wasn’t at the campaign venue since he had
been summoned by the Electoral Commission to answer a petition against him.
Akecha says he isn’t surprised by
the Action of the Police who have been trailing him ever since he was nominated
for the Parliamentary race in Omoro County.
His campaign manager Secondo Okot
Abok, however, refuted Police allegations that they were campaigning after 6 Pm.
Abok says Police officers fired teargas into the crowd while they were already
leaving the venue.
“It’s not true that we violated
EC campaign guidelines, it’s just the routine target we are facing from the
police because of the huge support we have on the ground. We are peaceful and
abiding by every set guideline,” says Abok.
He also notes that the
checkpoints being erected in the constituency are targeting their campaign
teams and supporters.
“The road blocks are majorly to
target our team because they know we are a threat to the NRM candidate,” he
Six candidates are in the race and
holding campaign rallies to occupy the Omoro Parliamentary seat that fell vacant
following the death of former legislator and speaker of Parliament Jacob L’Okori
Oulanyah on March 20th, 2022.
The other candidates are National Resistance Movement
Party flag bearer Andrew Ojok Oulanyah, Oscar Kizza, the alliance for National
Transformation party candidate, Justine Odong, FDC flag bearer, and Terrence
Odonga, and Jimmy Walter Onen all contesting on independent tickets.