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Arua Municipality: NRM Members Scared for Their Safety

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Joyce Lekuru, the Arua District NRM Vice Chairperson, said it has become difficult for their members to identify with their party colors.
Boniface Alioni and some NRM DEC members at the NRM offices in Arua

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National Resistance Movement-NRM party members in Arua have expressed concern about their safety and called for heightened security deployment. 

The party officials claim that they have complaints from their members about their safety, saying there are plans to attack them because of their political party affiliation.

Speaking to URN at their party offices on Tuesday, the Arua District NRM Publicity Secretary, Boniface Alioni, said the just concluded Arua municipality parliamentary by-election brought foreigners to the district, which poses a threat to residents especially NRM members.

Without elaborating his claims, Alioni said many residents are finding it difficult to go on with the normal lives because of uncertainty of their safety.

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Joyce Lekuru, the Arua District NRM Vice Chairperson, said it has become difficult for their members to identify with their party colors.

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Alice Arumadri, a member of the NRM district executive, says the repeated incidents of chaos in Arua Municipality are tainting the image of the region world over, a situation that she says is uncalled for.

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The army, police, military police and plain clothed security have maintained their presence in Arua municipality since chaos broke out two weeks ago during the last campaign rally of the by election.  

The chaos broke after unidentified people believed to be supporters of the Arua municipality MP; Kasiano Wadri allegedly pelted the president's convoy with stones as he was returning from the campaign rally of Nusura Tiperu, the NRM candidate at Boma grounds.

The president's security reacted with brutal force beating up several people including several legislators. One person was shot dead and several others injured in the ensuing chaos.  

Security picked up Kassiano Wadri, the newly elected Arua Municipality MP, the Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi, Mityana Municipality MP, Francis Zaake, Jinja East MP, Paul Mwiru, Ntungamo Municipality MP, Gerald Karuhanga, former Makindye East MP Michael Mabikke and 34 other people and arraigned them in court for treason. 

Police have since deployed armed cars and personnel at Arua police grounds ready to respond to any cases of violence. The Special Forces Command has also deployed additional personnel ahead of the three day visit by First Lady Janet Museveni who is assessing the educational integration in the Refugee Camps in Yumbe, Koboko and Arua.