SOROTI – Police in Soroti have warned Patrick Amuriat against holding an illegal procession as the FDC presidential candidate launches his manifesto in the district on Monday, November 9, 2020.
Mr Amuriat told journalists at his residence in Najjera, Wakiso District, on Sunday, 08 November 2020 that he he will make various stopovers in several districts in eastern Uganda ahead of launching his election campaign in Soroti District on Monday.
But regional police spokesperson David Mudong said the FDC president is welcome to Soroti but warned against any illegal procession calling on FDC leadership to restrain their supporters.
“We shall not allow any illegal procession, given the fact that the country is facing the deadly coronavirus, we don’t expect the FDC to come with hundreds of people for just a launch,” says Mudong.
But Paul Omer, the envoy to Amuriat’s presidential campaigns who is also the interim mayor Soroti city, says the Soroti FDC party is prepared for the unveiling.
He condemned the police’s brutal acts. During the nomination last week, Amuriat was beaten by police and taken to the nomination center barefooted while opposition presidential Robert Kyagulanyi of NUP was violently arrested after his nomination.
Javans Peter Odikor, the acting regional general secretary, says everything has been put in place so as to ensure the manifesto launch goes successfully.
“We have informed all the security organs in the district. Electoral Commission national level and Soroti police have given us a go ahead, we want thank police for honoring our request to allow the function to proceed and being well aware of COVID-19 health guidelines, we have invited not more than 70 people and we encourage them to be observe the SOPs,” said Odikor.