FDC Relief Food: NRM Mps Accused of Fueling Police Violence

Residents of Toroma Sub County, view in Katakwi district have blamed their members of parliament for needling the East Kyoga Police into firing live bullets and teargas to disperse the locals who had gathered to receive relief food brought by FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye.

The unhappy locals say the police’s decision to block the food distribution was caused by the MPs.

On Wednesday Police working on the orders of the East Kyoga Regional Police Commander Francis Tumwesigye used live bullets and teargassed the famine hit residents of Toroma County, some of who said they had not eaten for days.

Mp Akurut
Mp Akurut Adome

Hospital authorities at Toroma Health Center IV said later in the evening that at least six people were injured in the scuffle, some of them elderly.

The injured were identified as Adris Vinali 55, Vincent Akileng 84, Lawrence Opolot 82, Betty Ikilai 29, one Julius Onaja  and the LCI Chairman Kelim Village, Max Okiror.

Andrew Olupot, a resident of Toroma accused the area Members of Parliament Peter Ogwang (Usuk County /NRM) and Violet Akurut Adome (Katakwi District Woman MP /NRM) of fueling the police action.

Another Max Okiror while on his hospital bed faulted MPs Ogwang and Akurut for “ordering police to deny them food that was delivered by Besigye.”

During the burial of the fallen Toroma County MP Cyrus Amodoi, the state minister for disaster preparedness Hon Musa Ecweru promised to deliver food aid to the area in a period of one week, but one month down the road nothing had been delivered.


In his speech Ecweru is quoted saying, “Government is aware of the hunger situation in this district and by next week I will be back with food. The NRM Government will not leave its voters to die of hunger”.

Even though Besigye’s food according to analysts had a political bearing — with the posho bags labelled in clear FDC brands — residents across the political divide were opposed to the idea of rejecting it.

Following the death of the area MP Cyrus Amodoi Imalingat who was killed in an accident, FDC will be looking to ride on the anguish of the locals to take the parliamentary seat.

According to the released roadmap, nominations for the candidates will be on 25th and 26th April while the polling will be on 18th May.

Both MPs Akurut and Ogwang by the time of compiling this report were not picking their calls for comments.

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