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DFCU customers held over clashing with minister granted police bond

DFCU Bank Soroti customers arrested for clashing with state minister for Teso Affairs Agnes Akiror, have been granted bail (FILE PHOTO)

SOROTI – Two DFCU Bank customers in Soroti, who were arrested over five days ago for protesting over the jumping of a queue by a minister, have been released on police bond as the bank apologized for the incident that has damaged its corporate image.

Mohamed Sebuya, 35, and Mr James Davis Bamwidhi, 30, were released on Wednesday afternoon on police bond after spending 5 days at Soroti Central Police Station for allegedly denying the state minister for Teso Affairs access to the counter.

East Kyoga region police spokesperson Michael Odongo said that the duo has been charged with assault of state minister for Teso Affairs Agnes Akiror and that they will submit the file to the Resident State Attorney for legal advice after the minister has recorded her statement.

The incident occurred after the minister allegedly attempted to dodge the long queue in the bank, to the chagrin of the two gentlemen. When they reportedly protested against the minister, she called police, leading to the arrest.

Meanwhile, DFCU Bank management has since moved to apologize over the incident and launched investigations.

“We would like to address the unfortunate incident that occurred on Thursday 10th January 2019 at dfcu Bank Soroti Branch. As a Bank that holds all its customers in high regard dfcu regrets the altercation involving three of its customers – one of whom is a Senior Government Official,” said the bank in a statement.

“The incident resulted from a misunderstanding between the three parties during the process of obtaining services in the Banking Hall. Subsequently, the Government Minister lodged a complaint with the police resulting in the arrest of the two other parties involved.”

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