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Man in Omoro Remanded for Defacing Museveni’s Posters

Otwal is accused of two counts of defacing campaign posters of Presidential Candidate Yoweri Museveni and Douglas Peter Okao, the Candidate for Chairman Omoro District seat under the NRM party, an act contrary to section 78(2) of the Presidential Election Act and section 156(2) of the Local Government Act respectively.
A 39-year-old man in Omoro has been remanded to Gulu Central Prison for defacing President Museveni’s campaign posters.

David Otwal, a resident of Opwach Village, Gem Parish, Lalogi Sub –County in Omoro district on Tuesday appeared before Grade One Magistrate’s Court in Gulu presided by Christine Turibamwe.

Otwal is accused of two counts of defacing campaign posters of Presidential Candidate Yoweri Museveni and Douglas Peter Okao, the Candidate for Chairman Omoro District seat under the NRM party, an act contrary to section 78(2) of the Presidential Election Act and section 156(2) of the Local Government Act respectively.

Court heard that the accused committed the offence from Lalogi Trading Center in Omoro district on December 9th.

Otwal, however, pleaded not guilty for the offences but told the court that he only held the campaign posters in excitement when he was drunk but the posters accidentally fell from his hands to the ground in the presence of some police officers.

Christine Turibamwe, the Gulu Grade One Magistrate remanded the accused to Gulu Central Prison until February 5th of 2021 when he will again appear in court for further case mention.

According to Section 78(2) of the Presidential Election Act, a person who maliciously defaces or removes or tears any election poster of any nominated candidate commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty-four currency points or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both.