Police Deploys Heavily to Foil Pro-Mukula Demo

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The conviction of Mukula drew angry reaction from his supporters and people in Teso region.
Alison Agaba the Regional Police Commander, Mid Eastern says a total of 200 police were sent to Soroti to beef up security in the area.

Police has deployed heavily in Soroti Municipality to foil a demonstration by residents to express dissatisfaction over the conviction of Mike Mukula, the area Member of Parliament for corruption. The former health minister was convicted to jail for four year last week by Irene Akankwansa, the chief magistrate of the anti corruption court for misappropriating 210 million shillings from the GAVI fund. The conviction of Mukula drew angry reactions from his supporters and people in Teso region. They accused government of selective prosecution and persecuting their son on political grounds.

As a result, members of the Mukula 118 sub committee under Etem Iteso, an umbrella body for all Iteso announced plans to stage massive protests starting today. On Monday, Peter Lochom, the chairperson of Mukula 118 sub committee asked supporters and sympathizers of the MP to turn up in large numbers for the protest. Lochom argued that Mukula was jailed because of declaring his intention to contest the 2016 presidential elections. This morning, 200 police officers from Kampala were deployed in strategic locations in Soroti town to beef up the security.

A police officer, who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media said the Cops arrived in Soroti at 5am.  Alison Agaba, the Mid Eastern Regional Police Commander says that they resolved to beef up security in the municipality for fear of a possible outbreak of violence. Agaba says that the organizers of the demonstration have ignored police directives to call it off. URN saw heavily armed anti riot police personnel this morning a board a TATA lorry number 3236 parked inside Soroti public garden. Police has also intensified patrols in Soroti town and sealed off several streets and public places.

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.