Police Disrupt FDC Meeting in Moroto

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Police have disrupted the opposition Forum for Democratic Change FDC presidential candidates meetings in Moroto town. Patrick Oboi Amuriat, one of the FDC presidential candidates had come for the consultation meeting with party delegates in Karamoja when police stormed the venue at Salo Angels Pub.

Police have disrupted the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidates' meetings in Moroto town. 

Patrick Oboi Amuriat, one of the FDC presidential candidates had come for the consultation meeting with party delegates in Karamoja when police stormed the venue at Salo Angels Pub.

Chaos ensued when the police led by the officer in charge police operations in Moroto, Charles Denaya, ordered for the closure of the meeting,  claiming that it was illegal. The cadet officer informed the meeting that his office had not received any communication about FDC meeting in Moroto. 

"We only got to know about this meeting after seeing people wearing red ribbons. The Public Order Management Act requires the organisers to have gotten clearance from police,  which I didn't see. We can't allow such a meeting to proceed," Denaya told members in the meeting. 

However,  Amuriat told URN that they notified the police of their countrywide consultation meetings and campaigns ahead of FDC's presidential elections in November. Amuriat is taking on incumbent, Major General Mugisha Muntu, for the party's top seat.

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On the dress code,  Amuriat said there's no specific colour designed for meetings. He also notes that the red ribbons show a call against the proposed amendment of Article 102(b) of the constitution to remove presidential age limits. 

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Amuriat is the first FDC presidential candidate so far to reach Moroto to solicit for votes. His arrival comes at a time when security agencies in Karamoja are hunting for people wearing red ribbons.