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FDC President Amuriat Arrested in Bunyangabu

Police in Bunyangabu District in Western Uganda this morning arrested and detained Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President Patrick Amuriat Oboi.

The opposition leader was stopped by Police near Rwimi Trading Center, on the Fort Port Portal – Kasese Road.

Oboi, according to FDC Deputy Secretary General Harold Kaija, was headed to Kasese town, one of the strongholds of the leading opposition party.

Oboi and his team tried to argue with the police officers, and to physically remove the spikes that had been placed across the road, before the officers seized him and drove him off to an unknown destination.

“We are still trying to find out where they took him; we don’t know where he is,” Kaija told us.

Police spokesman Emilian Kayima was not readily available for a comment, while his deputy Patrick Onyango said he was unaware of the arrest.

But according to Kaija, this is one of many police blockades that Mr Amuriat has faced in a few weeks.

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The party President has reportedly been stopped from traveling to Kumi, Soroti and Bukedea in the last one month.

“We don’t even know why they don’t want him to travel; they never tell us why they are stopping him,” Kaija said.

FDC officials after the arrest took to social media to express frustration.

“He cannot do party work from Najjanankumbi offices,” said one Ronald Muhinda.

“I think it’s important to go to court and seek interpretation of the POMA (Public Order Management Act) whether it prohibits Political Parties from organising party activities.

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