Police block Amuriat from campaigning in Nakawa

Posted: 2020-12-17T10:42:32Z
Police block Amuriat from campaigning in Nakawa

The Forum for Democratic Change, FDC presidential candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat and his supporters were Thursday morning involved in a push and pull battle with police officers who were stopping him from holding a procession in Nakawa.

Amuriat arrived in Nakawa this morning to crowds of people waiting for him and immediately started walking with them. Police then blocked him, only to be overpowered by his supporters who managed to throw officers to the ground and create way for their candidate.

However, another group of officers was also waiting ahead and had put a roadblock, asking him to turn around and leave. It was at this point that police fired teargas to disperse his supporters. His designated security then led him away from the scene back to the car.

Amuriat’s car was allegedly shot at in the scuffle and a tyre deflated, forcing him to stop at Game Lugogo for it to be fixed. Here, he met and interacted with passersby as police kept him under close watch.

Up to now, police and the candidate have failed to reach an agreement, with the barefooted Amuriat claiming to be driving home. The police have blocked roads, making it impossible for him to move ahead.

The FDC candidate is expected to hold campaign meetings in Nakawa and Kawempe today.