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Scores Injured in Kotido Political Clashes

The clashes started in the evening of Wednesday at Narikapet ward, Central Division when supporters of an independent Parliamentary candidate, Jean Mark Aporu Clashed with their counterparts in the NRM camp led by Peter Abrahams Lokii.
Police Car arriving at the scene in Central Division to disperse rowdy crowds.

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A number of people have sustained injuries  from clashes between two rival camps in Kotido Municipality, ahead of elections scheduled for Friday July 27.  Among the injured are two women who are now admitted to Church of Uganda HC III with severe injuries

The clashes started in the evening of Wednesday at Narikapet ward, Central Division when supporters of an independent Parliamentary candidate, Jean Mark Aporu Clashed with their counterparts in the NRM camp led by Peter Abrahams Lokii.

The two rival camps collided at a campaign venue and descended on each other with sticks and stones. Business was brought to a standstill as two camps engaged in the violence that lasted close to two hours. Police used tear gas to disperse off the rival supporters.

The two camps were later separated and Lokii was asked to hold his rally at Lomukura grounds while Aporu ordered to hold his rally at Besigye's tamari tree towards nightfall.

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Kotido District Police Commander Alfonse Ojangole said a number of people have been arrested for hatching the violence. He, however, couldn't reveal the number of arrested and injured persons saying that the numbers keep changing.

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Kotido and six other municipalities operationalized in 2017 will be going to polls on Friday to elect the mayors and Members of Parliament. The MP seat is now contested by three men including FDC's Moses Oriono Okot, NRM's Peter Abrahams Lokii and Independent Jean Mark Aporu. One other candidate Emmanuel Keem Napuso quit the race.

In the mayoral seat, NRM's Ismael Muhamad Lomwar is battling with, FDC's Calistas Adome Lokwi, PPP's Daniel Abual Kapel and an Independent, Henry Kubal.