1 dead as bullets rock Apac, Oyam over Besigye


Bullets were fired on Thursday in Apac Town during a confrontation betweem Maruzi County MP, Maxwell Akora, and the security.

Akora claims security commanded by Emmanuel Peace Opollo assaulted him while returning from Akororo Sub-county to vote.

According to Daily Monitor, Akora’s convoy of three vehicles was blocked by Opollo who accused him of campaigning for Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye.

“At this point, my supporters jumped off the vehicle to force Mr Opollo to allow us pass but he (Opollo) ran back to his vehicle, pulled an AK47 rifle and started shooting in the air- to intimidate us,” Akora told the newspaper.

He added: “I am aware they accusing me of campaigning for Dr Kizza Besigye yet for me I’m only pursuing my votes. These people are panicking that they are losing the presidential election to Besigye.”

Lt George Musinguzi, the 5th Division army spokesperson, blamed the MP for resisting arrest “because he was found bribing voters”.

Akora [UPC] is running against NRM’s Eddy Ococ.

One shot in Oyam

Meanwhile, Monitor also reports that a murder suspect on remand at Oyam Prison has been shot dead and two others severely injured after prison warders opened fire on inmates who attempted to escape.

According to Uganda Prisons Service, a riot by inmates broke out on Thursday involving over 183 inmates.

The inmates demanded to be set free after predicting that the candidate they supported [Besigye] could win the election.

They then started rioting at 6am leading to the shooting and killing of one inmate and the injuring of several others.

The deceased has been identified as Peter Odongo, a murder suspect who was on remand while Moses Okello and Patrick Opio were all injured.

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