RDC Orders Arrest of Wadri's Supporters

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Jonathan Musinguzi, the Arua District Police Commander, who is away for official duties, told URN on phone that he cant take orders from the RDC since he is still investigating the matter.

Peter Dibele, the Arua Resident District Commissioner has directed Police to arrest the supporters of Kasiano Wadri, the incumbent Terego West MP accused of assaulting NRM party members recently. Dibele issued the directive during the 30th National Resistance Movement liberation day anniversary celebrations at Arua Police grounds on Tuesday.
 

He asked Police to investigate and arrest those behind the torture of eleven NRM party members in Akua village Aripea parish Aiivu Sub County during clashes between Wadri's supporters and those of his NRM rival, Moses Angundru on January 13, 2016. According to Dibele, he is under pressure from his bosses to arrest the opposition supporters and arraign them in court. As a result, Dibele has given police an ultimatum of one week to identify and apprehend the suspects for prosecution.
 
 
 
Jonathan Musinguzi, the Arua District Police Commander, who is away for official duties, told URN on phone that he can't take orders from the RDC since he is still investigating the matter. "We have already taken the file to office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution DPP for advice before they can arrest the suspects. It is the work of police and they can't work on orders which interfere with police work," Musinguzi said.

 
 
Wadri couldn't be reached for a comment on the directive by the RDC to police to arrest his supporters as he could neither pick nor return calls from our reporter. Recently, Wadri blasted Police and the RDC Arua for their failure to prevent electoral violence. He also blamed the RDC and security team for intimidating and threatening to arrest his supporters without carrying out the necessary investigations.
 

 
"You should not use your position in this government to intimidate and harass any one because we are all equal before the law," Wadri said. He asked Electoral Commission to reign in on all candidates who haven't harmonized their campaign programs to void future clashes.