FDC Chairperson Arrested for Alleged Rebel Recruitment

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Stephen Agaba, the Moyo District Police Commander, says they have collected sufficient evidence implicating the FDC official, adding that they have forwarded his file to the Resident State Attorney for sanctioning.

Abbas Jurugo, the Awindiri Village Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party chairperson in Moyo district is being held at Moyo Central Police Station for alleged rebel recruitment. Jurugo was picked up by the army together with six others early this month.

The other suspects are Aluma Zakarious, Moses Kure, Augusto Tako, Michael Draduma, Robert Vuchiri, Aisha Chandiru and another only identified as Kele. They are wanted for allegedly recruiting of residents of Moyo and neighboring districts into rebel activities in South Sudan. 

Their arrest follows the disappearance of several youths from Moyo and Yumbe districts. Stephen Agaba, the Moyo District Police Commander, says they have collected sufficient evidence implicating the FDC official, adding that they have forwarded his file to the Resident State Attorney for sanctioning.

"The Suspect was arrested from his home area by UPDF and taken to Obongi police station on 4th June 2016 before he was transferred to Moyo Central Police station. As of now he is with us and his file is ready for prosecution," said Agaba. He warns the political leaders in the area especially Hassan Kaps Fungaroo to stop interfering in political work following his statements on the arrest of Jurugo. 

Fungaroo is reported to have accused police of clamping down on residents for voting opposition party leaders despite the numerous incidents of voter bribery by the ruling government.  Rashid Achikule a resident of Obongi East Village in Gimara Sub-County describes the arrest of their party chairperson as outrageous.

"Jurugo was in Ayilo refugee camp in Adjumani District at the alleged and did nothing wrong like the police claim. I will mobilise residents to disregard all government initiatives because our people are being harassed by those who should be taking care of them," he said..