At least 75 protestors arrested in Soroti

Posted: 2021-01-19T08:01:09Z Read: 1,961 times
At least 75 protestors arrested in Soroti

Police in Soroti District have arrested 75 people for allegedly protesting the election of the new Soroti County MP, Patrick Aeku.  

The Soroti District Returning officer Joseph Mukwaya, declared Aeku winner for Soroti County MP seat on Friday, after polling 6,048 votes, defeating Samuel Eninu an independent candidate who garnered 6,001 votes and FDCs Daniel Eigu who trailed with 5,937 votes. 

However following the announcement, many Eigu and Eninu supporters of especially in the Sub Counties of Kamuda and Asuret took to the streets and started protesting arguing that the elections were not free and fair. 

According to Eigu who is the current LCIII Chairperson Kamuda Sub County, the elections were marred by alteration of figures in the declaration forms and stuffed ballot boxes and some security agencies allegedly grabbed the declaration forms from his agents.  

He further explains that he has challenged his electorates to remain calm, saying he will petition the court. 
However, Simon Tsiamusangira the Soroti District Police Commander argues that protestors disrupted business by burning tyres in the middle of the road and attacking people’s homes, leading to the arrests.

The 75 suspects are being screened and those involved in illegal demonstrations will be charged in the courts of laws.