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Four Arrested for Staging Illegal Roadblock in Gulu District

The council had initially nominated Awach, Cwero, Ajulu and Paicho as potential hosts of the district headquarters but following the district`s full council meeting held on Tuesday yesterday, Awach was voted to host the district headquarters. This comes after the elevation of Gulu to a city status.


Police in Gulu are holding four people for staging a roadblock blocking traffic along the Gulu-Kitgum highway in protest of a decision by the Gulu district councilors for moving the district headquarters to Awach town board.  

The four arrested have been identified as Walter Toorach, James Odong, Paul Lagada and Walter Okello, all residents of Cwero trading center in Paicho Sub County Gulu district.  

Police say the group of youth staged a roadblock by setting fire on the highway protesting the decision by the Gulu district councilors to take the district headquarters to Awach and not Cwero. 

The council had initially nominated Awach, Cwero, Ajulu and Paicho as potential hosts of the district headquarters, but following the full council meeting held yesterday, Awach was voted to host the headquarters. This comes after the elevation of Gulu to a city status. 

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa region police spokesperson says they dispatched a team at around 9:30 after receiving information that several vehicles were stopped following a roadblock on the road. He says they shot 6 bullets in the air to calm situation which had turned rowdy.

Okema says the four were arrested and will be charged with mounting an illegal roadblock and inciting violence. He says they suspect some politicians to be behind the incident saying further investigations are underway.

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