Grandpa, 83, arrested for refusing to vote Museveni


Nauko Lomengan talking to NTV

An 83 year-old clan leader in Jie community in Karamoja region has been arrested for saying he will vote for change in the February 2016 elections.

Nauko Lomengan was arrested after Amama Mbabazi held a rally in Kotido this week.

Nauko, 83, told NTV journalist, Raymond Mujuni, in an interview that he will vote Go Forward and not President Yoweri Museveni.

“We are here because we want change,” Nauko said, emphasising that he would not be intimidated on the basin he will vote from.

The elders promised to back Mbabazi so they can have a change in social service delivery.

“We have poor social services and our animals too are dying for lack of veterinary services,” Nauko explained.

He added: “Nobody can threaten us from the basin where we vote from.”

Unfortunately, the elder was later arrested and accused of making” sectarian statements”.

Earlier, three supporters of Mbabazi; Ali Kasibante, Zemuba and Wanyama were arrested on Tuesday while practicing the Bamasaba cultural dance (Kadodi) at Dodoth College in Kotido in preparation of Amama Mbabazi’s visit to the district.

They were held at Kotido Central Police Station on charges of ‘Public Nuisance’.

Mbabazi condemns arrest

At his conference in Mbale town Saturday morning, Mbabazi decried harassment and intimidation of his supporters by state agencies.

“This thing of intimidation is destructive,” he said.

“Why would they arrest an 83 year-old man for making political statements or saying he would vote for change?” Mbabazi wondered.

Earlier, he had issued a statement accusing police of arresting and killing his supporters across the country which the state security agency denied.

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