The consultation meeting for People Power party President Robert Kyagulanyi in Gulu halted amidst heavy security deployment at Da’Covenant where the meeting was shedule to take place.
This came shortly after an advance group led by Mityana Municipality member of Parliament Hon. Francis Zake got locked out of the hotel premise on ground that the venue does not meet the required set standards.
Citing no option, the youth poured in the streets of Gulu town as they matched in some of the streets of Gulu through Acholi road where they were intercepted by anti-riot police van.
The group scampered for their life and safety and this sparked a wave of action including immediate deployment of police foot patrol in the streets to counter the impact of the failed meeting from spreading to the community.
According to Zake, as a party we fullfilled all the set requirements and guidelines only to find police at the entrance of the evenue saying we could not access the place.
“The district police commander is scared of me, I don’t even have a stone not even equipped with a knife or a panga, why their reckless action on harmless and law abiding citizens” Zake said.
Samuel Obedgiu, one of the youth in the group revealed that besides being locked out police threatened to arrest and lock them all behind bars.
“We cleared with security and the proposed venue as per the requirement but got shocked that they could not allow us access the venue.
However, Javuru Alex, the field force Police commander in Gulu responding to the allegation noted that, the pressure group had not come to terms with the set requirements for the meeting to go on.
Mr. Emmanuel Mafundo, Gulu district Police commander could not give his statement on the saga as he remained locked up and scouting inside the compound of the proposed venue with limited media reach.
Yesterday, Jimmy Patrick Okema, Aswa Region Police Publicist while addressing Journalists from the Northern Uganda Media club 9NUMEC) in Gulu town, Told Journalists that Police was had not been notified about the said consultation.
This is the second time in a row that the consultation meeting for Robert Kyagulanyi is being blocked in Acholi sub Region with the first episode in Kitgum.