personnel have arrested Chua West Member of Parliament Philip Okin Ojara and
three other members of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party in Omoro
Okin was picked by Police and army officers near the FDC party offices in Opit
Town Council at about 12:30 Am on Thursday, just hours before the Omoro County
The MP has been leading the FDC team in mobilization and campaign for the party
flag bearer Justine Odong.
Patrick Amuriat Oboi, the FDC party President told Uganda Radio Network in an
interview that security personnel raided the FDC office in Opit Town Council
before violently arresting Okin.
He alleges Okin was whisked to Gulu Central
Police Station where he is being detained on unknown charges.
Oboi says several materials including their agents’ letters were confiscated by
the security personnel during the raid.
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He notes that the confiscation of their agent’s letters has incapacitated them
from closely monitoring the by-election in various polling stations.
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He alleges that there is already a clear sign of malpractice ongoing in the
by-election arguing that government vehicles with concealed number plates are
being driven by agents of NRM candidate Andrew Ojok Oulanyah, Resident District
Commissioners, and security personnel.
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Wilson Chagga Oyat, the FDC Mobilizer in Acholi Sub-region says security
personnel are deliberately targeting their polling supervisors to disorganize
their observance of the ongoing polls.
He says three other party members whose identity he didn't reveal by press time
were also arrested between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning by security.
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David Ongom Mudong, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson confirmed that
security personnel conducted several operations last night that led to the arrest
of individuals. He however declined to identify those arrested and where they
are being detained.
Mudong says the arrests were conducted at various checkpoints to weed out
non-voters in Omoro whom intelligence suspects are plotting to cause chaos.
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He notes that the arrests are random and do not target any political party
members as alleged by the opposition political party leaders.
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Meanwhile, there is a heightened deployment of security personnel comprising
the army and police in various parts of Omoro County as voters cast their votes
for their preferred candidate to fill in the vacant Omoro County Parliamentary
seat and district Woman Councilor for Lakwaya/Lalogi.
Although voting kicked off late in various polling stations this morning due to
the low turn-up of voters, a sizeable number of the voters had begun turning up by
Six candidates are on the ballot papers for the Omoro County Parliamentary
seat. They are Simon Toolit Akecha, National Unity Platform flag bearer,
Andrew Ojok Oulanyah, National Resistance Movement-NRM party flag bearer, Oscar
Kizza, and Alliance for National Transformation party flag bearer.
Others are Justine Odong, Forum for Democratic Change party flag bearer,
Terrence Odonga, and Jimmy Walter Onen all independent candidates.