Forum for Democratic Change President Patrick Oboi Amuriat was today arrested on his way to Kasese for a party meeting.
Amuriat and Busongola North MP William Nzoghi had earlier escaped Police at Rwamiti where road blocks were all the way with an attempt of cancelling their journey.
Amuriat tried to exchange words with the police officers and is seen in the photo trying to remove the spikes that were placed across the road by police.
FDC deputy secretary, Harold Kaija said the whereabouts of their President is not yet known after the arrest.
“We are still trying to find out where they took him; we don’t know where he is,” Kaija told PLM Daily.
“Chairman Saulo Maate of Kasese had organized a meeting of FDC leaders in the district as seen in the program. Public Order Management Act does not in any way stop Political Parties from doing their work. POMA indicates that @PoliceUg is violating the law,” FDC tweeted.
Mr Vincent Twesige, the police public relations officer for Rwenzori east said Mr Amuriat and his delegation were blocked at Kikonzo-Hima town council on their way to Kasese town and advised to return to Kampala until their programme was officially cleared by the IGP.
Tumwesige said they received a letter from the Kasese District FDC chairperson, Mr Saul Maate on October 9 requesting for space to have their consultations and rallies.
On October 10, police advised him to meet all the requirements before they could be cleared, which he did not.
“We advised the party chairman in Kasese to get clearance from the IGP and meet all requirements to support their request for the party president’s visit which he didn’t submit in time,” Mr Twesige said. .
However, Kasese District FDC chairperson, Mr Saul Maate said they are disappointed with the actions of the police even when they have obtained clearance from the Police.
“We are very disappointed as FDC members of Kasese to see that our president and other leaders were blocked from coming to town yet we agreed with police. I have a letter from police dated October 9, clearing our programme and we shall not accept this,” Mr Maate said.