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Amuru: Police Disperse Amuriat’s Pabo Rally, One Injured



Campaigns for the Forum for Democratic Change’s (FDC) Presidential Candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat have yet again suffered a setback after security organs dispersed a grand rally they had organized in Pabo Town Council, Amuru District.

Amuriat, who spent the better part of Wednesday detained at Gulu Central Police Station (CPS), was on Thursday expected to address campaign meetings in Northern Uganda’s districts of Nwoya and Amuru.

It is understood that his arrest on Wednesday was in connection to holding an illegal meeting which authorities insisted was contradictory to the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Taking no chances, after his release, Amuriat set off for Anaka Town Council in Nwoya with a Police van closely following his convoy.

However, upon setting foot in the township, he was bluntly told off by Police to desist from holding a procession or else he faces their wrath, something that triggered a bitter disagreement.

“We are not going to allow you to intimidate Ugandans,” Amuriat told the security personnel.

With Police unrelenting, however, he caved in and allowed to hold the meeting at a nearby venue within the vicinity with a set capacity of about 48 seats.

After its conclusion, Amuriat proceeded to Pabo waving at minute crowds that dotted the Gulu-Elegu border until he was intercepted by supporters in Pabo Town Council who begged him to address them on the fringes of the road.

As anticipated, the Police intervened telling him to find a secluded place but Amuriat defiantly stood his ground and refused to vacate which in turn prompted Police to fire tear gas at the Party’s supporters.

In the melee, a lady aged about 25 years fainted after Police lobbed a tear gas canister in her house while another male was reportedly injured by a rubber bullet. By press time, both victims were still receiving medical treatment at Pabo Health Center Three (III).

FDCs Presidential Candidate Patrick Amuriat carrying an injured civilian to Pabo Health Center three.

A stalemate lasting two hours ensued between security and Amuriat until the latter decided to return to Gulu at about 6:20 PM.

Despite these shortcomings, FDC’s National Field Coordinator Roland Kaginda Mugume intimated that they are not going to give up.

“My work is not moving well because of these people. No one is going to stop us, no one is going to divert us. And you people, don’t fear because if you fear, who is going to guard our votes,” Kaginda told a crowd at Anaka.

“The Police are mistreating our candidate. The candidate of the NRM President Museveni is moving freely,” he bemoaned.

A party supporter who was reportedly injured by a rubber bullet pleading for medical help on Thursday.

According to media reports, it is understood that Police Chief Martin Okoth Ochola ordered territorial commanders to block political meetings and assemblies that are not in conformity with Covid-19 SOPs.

Campaign suspension

Sources privy to us have disclosed that FDC is divided on the issue of joining colleagues; Gen Mugisha Muntu, Norbert Mao and Gen Henry Tumukunde in suspending campaigns.

The above, on Wednesday, halted their campaigns in the wake of what they have termed as increasing state persecution.

On Thursday morning, a crisis meeting held at Najjanankumbi resolved to proceed with campaigns but some insiders want POA to stand in solidarity with his fellow contestants, something which his team is not willing to accept.

“We are going to have a crisis meeting; it is going to sit in a few minutes.  This intention is to review this campaign, what is going on in this campaign in respect to our right to access the population,” Amuriat disclosed on Thursday morning.

It remains to be seen whether the campaign meetings scheduled for today, Friday November 19, 2020, in Adjumani, Moyo and Obongi will be allowed.

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Election Campaigns: Tumukunde Pledges ‘Special Attention’ to the Needs of the Elderly, PWDs in West Nile




Presidential Candidate Lt. Gen Henry Tumukunde has promised that once elected president, he will pay special attention to the issues and needs of the elderly and the people with disabilities in the West Nile region.

Tumukunde made these remarks today November 26, 2020, while addressing his supporters in Maracha, West Nile.

He stated that the NRM Government has lied to the people of Northern Uganda specifically West Nile, and the President Museveni, the NRM leader, has failed to deliver on his promises to the locals thus making the region lag behind in general development compared to other regions in the country.

“It’s the time, with no excuse, for the people of West Nile to say bye to Mr. Museveni after 35 years of leadership with total poor service delivery yet they are meant to eat on the national cake,” he said.

According to Tumukunde, Museveni’s years in power have been characterized with escalated cases of corruption involving losses of colossal sums of public funds.

“The country loss of USD 500 m annually through corruption, high risk institutions identified include police, judiciary, public procurement and disposal functions, public services, land administration, tax administration, national resources management and in the legislation,” Tumukunde noted.

“We shall start by solving youth problems, train them for self employment, improving the banking system and paying special attention to both the elderly and people with disabilities,” he said.

Today marks day two of Tumukunde’s campaigns in the West Nile region having been to Nebbi, Pakwach and Zombo yesterday.


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Election Campaigns: FDC’s Patrick Amuriat Gets ‘Rude Welcome’ in Bunyoro




After a streak of running battles with Police, Patrick Oboi Amuriat aka POA has yet again had a torrid time canvassing for votes in Bunyoro Region after he was pepper sprayed and two of his campaign meetings dispersed.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Presidential Candidate had been scheduled to traverse Kiryandongo and Masindi Districts on Wednesday November 25, 2020, according to the Electoral Commission (EC) Programme.

Amuriat started his day on a high, addressing mini rallies at Karuma and Diima trading centers (all in Kiryandongo) but  the situation got out of hand when a mammoth crowd of cheering supporters quickly formed a procession.

Sensing trouble, Police, commanded by Kiryandongo District Police Commander (DPC) Joseph Bakaleke, at first tried to deter the growing crowd from blocking the Gulu-Masindi high way but was overwhelmed.

Bakaleke and his squad tried to escort Amuriat to a venue they had organized away from the city center but all in vain. Instead, he (Amuriat) parked and started waving to crowds aloft his V8 vehicle, a move that triggered an altercation between the former and latter.

In the fracas, Amuriat was pepper sprayed by a yet to be identified officer but this only emboldened him.

“This dictatorship must fall and it is going to fall with this one (Bakaleke). You may want to tear gas us, pepper spray us or even kill us. We will never give up,” Amuriat ranted.

Amuriat after buying chapatis in Kiryandongo Town Council on Wednesday.

After being subdued, Amuriat drove to the periphery of the town where he addressed a minute rally before proceeding to Kiryandongo town.

In a similar fashion, he was swarmed by Party adherents who attempted to hold a procession but Police quickly dispersed them with tear gas and they took to their heels.

Upon realizing that he had been barred from meeting voters, Amuriat jumped out of his car purportedly to buy a chapatti but Police simply watched on and thereafter escorted him to the border with Masindi.

In Kijura town, Amuriat once again tested Police’s nerves by attempting to speak to residents but was interrupted by police officers who unsuccessfully tried to confiscate his mobile public address system.

Amuriat trying to retrieve his public address system from Policemen in Kijuura on Wednesday.

A combined team of Military and Police thereafter fired live bullets to scare the infuriated supporters. He was later driven out of town under military guard.

According to reliable sources, Amuriat will today, Thursday officiate at the launch of his Presidential manifesto in Hoima City. It is not yet clear whether the Party’s founding President Rtd. Col Kizza Besigye will grace the function.


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Nobert Mao Denounces Violence, Calls for Peaceful Transition of Power




Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party (DP) presidential candidate has denounced violence and pleaded for a peaceful transition of power in Uganda.

Mao said that all voters should stand against the violence that leads to bloodshed and instead embrace a peaceful transition of government from the current leadership of Uganda to a new leadership through the ballots.

He noted that Uganda has not undergone a peaceful handover of power since the overthrow of the governments of Milton Obote and Iddi Amin Dada by coups which led to consequence toppling of power by the National Resistance Army (NRA), now the National Resistance Movement-NRM led by Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

‘’The reason for this election is to see that Uganda witnesses what it has never witnessed before and that is a change of government without bloodshed,’’ Mao noted.

Mao made the statements during his two separate campaigns in Ongako and Palenga town council all in Omoro district on Wednesday.

His statements come at a time when Uganda is witnessing a wave of deadly violence and protests by people loyal to opposition parties and against the ruling NRM government.

Last week, Betty Aol Ocan, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) announced that the opposition would go for ‘’Plan B’’ if the election fails.

Last week police reported that more than 40 people were killed, scores injured and more than 300 arrested following protests against the arrest of presidential hopefuls Robert Kyagulanyi and Patrick Oboi Amuriat of the National Unity Platform and Forum for Democratic Change parties respectively.

Lawrence Okidi, an elder from Palenga town council praised Mao for typically living as a true leader of the Democratic Party who believes in a peaceful transition of power.

Betty Kilama, a voter and contender in Omoro district noted that Mao’s love for peace, intelligence and competence makes him deem to be elected the President of Uganda.

Talking about his manifestos, Mao said that he will improve electricity, roads, education in the northern region and also ensure compensation of those who lost their properties to the government.

Mao is seeking election for presidency alongside ten other candidates.





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