Amuriat of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party was arrested from Awere Open Grounds in Layibi-Bardege division in Gulu City where he was scheduled to address voters.
Amuriat shortly before his arrest. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara
Patrick Oboi Amuriat has been arrested in Gulu City.
Amuriat of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party was arrested from Awere
Open Grounds in Layibi-Bardege division in Gulu City where he was scheduled to
He was arrested on orders of the Officer In-charge of Gulu Central Police
Station, John Bosco Nyangkol.
Earlier before his arrest, Amuriat and FDC supporters had been involved in running
battles forcing police to fire teargas and live bullets to disperse the rowdy
Amuriat was arrested while trying to board the police patrol vehicle
registration number UP 5051 after alleging that he is scared of using his car
due to security threats.
He was whisked to a yet unknown place at a breakneck speed.
Before his arrest, Amuriat had condemned police brutality and pointed out that
incumbent President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is seeking re-election under the
NRM party ticket is scared of him.
Amuriat had minutes before his arrest held a procession from the Office of the
Gulu District Woman Member of Parliament Betty Aol in Ring Road through Gulu
Main Street to the campaign venue.
The Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ocan has condemned and pledged that the
country will have a change of government no matter how much security forces
By press time police were still using teargas and water cannon vehicles to
disperse the rowdy crowds that had refused to vacate the campaign ground.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc