Democratic Party president, Norbert Mao, says he was last evening besieged by heavily armed police but managed to elude them and escape arrest.
“It was indeed an evening full of saga and a comedy of errors on the part of the Uganda police,” Mao said in a statement. Mao says as he prepared to leave Bungatira in Aswa County, Gulu district, heavily armed police came and surrounded their vehicles.
“The crowd that we had been speaking to at our Wang OO (fireside chat) threatened to confront them and that gave us time to escape their clutches.” He adds: “They had us in their grip for a few moments but we evaded them. I know that news went out that we were detained but all that happened is that we were surrounded for some time.”
Mao says they were not actually taken into police custody. “But those who were in our convoy seeing that we had disappeared thought we had been arrested.” He said the police chased after their convoy but Mao used “Kizza Besigye like tactics” to confound and elude them.
“We then surfaced at another Wang OO much later to the relief of the people.” He called upon the police not to interfere with cultural civic education which they carry out in homesteads while sitting around a fire. “This is where knowledge is imparted and issues are presented and discussed openly.”
Mao even cites an oral poem “By the rivers of Aswa” ant to top it off, he elaborates that their gathering was not illegal but was intended at passing down Acholi culture to the young.
DP Secretary General, Matthias Nsubuga, was not readily available for a comment. Mao too did not pick up his phone calls when contacted him regarding matter.