The protest came a few days after Arimpa Kigagi, the NRM Electoral Commission Vice Chairperson declared the Mineral State Minister, Sarah Achieng Opendi as the NRM party candidate for the Tororo Woman MP seat.
in Tororo municipality on Tuesday evening as police battled rowdy protestors
who stormed the National Resistance Movement party offices demanding the
declaration of Jacinta Ayoo as Tororo Woman parliamentary candidate.
The protest came a few days after Arimpa Kigagi, the NRM
Electoral Commission Vice Chairperson declared the Mineral State Minister, Sarah
Achieng Opendi as the NRM party candidate for the Tororo Woman MP seat. This
was contrary to an earlier declaration by Tororo District NRM Registrar, Joseph
Kadokech who announced Ayoo as the winner of the party primaries with only
votes from Tororo county.
The decision to overturn Ayoo’s victory didn’t go down well
with his supporters who decided to storm the party offices singing liberation
songs in solidarity with their candidate. They argued that their candidate has
been cheated for long, saying they will not settle for less this time around.
This prompted police to fire tear gas to disperse the rowdy
supporters. Tororo District Police Commander, Rodgers Chebene, said they will
not tolerate any illegal protest within the district. He advised the aggrieved
parties to use the right channels to air their grievances.
The DPC had
a verbal exchange with Ayoo who accused him of beating his supporters.
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Ayoo condemned the police brutality on meted out on her supporters, saying it
was uncalled for.