Nwoya NRM, NUP supporters clash

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Police officers walk back to Nwoya Central Police Station after engaging in running battles with NRM and NUP supporters.

Police in Nwoya were on Thursday morning forced to fire tear gas canisters to disperse supporters of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and National Unity Platform (NUP) parties following a clash between the two political parties.

A witness who preferred anonymity said the chaos started at around 11am after the NRM supporters led by a one Omoti went to Anaka town council and confiscated T-shirts that NUP leaders were selling to the party supporters.

“When NUP people were peacefully selling their T-shirts, the NRM group led by Omoti immediately attacked them and confiscated all those T-shirts which they had just started selling,” the source said.

This forced the police to swing into action and fired tear gas to dispel the clashing people who were opposite Post Bank. This resulted in the arrest of Omoti and another whose identity was not readily established by press time.

When reached for a comment, the Nwoya District Police Commander (DPC), Mr Filbert Waibi, referred our reporter to the officer in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department citing having a busy schedule.

However, the officer declined to give the information saying he is not authorised to talk to the press.

“I am not allowed to give information to journalists. It is instead the DPC who is entitled to do,” the CID boss responded. 

When contacted, Mr Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River regional police spokesperson, said he was not yet informed over the matter.

 

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