ELECTION VIOLENCE IN ABIM: 4 Nursing Serious Injuries

By Stephen Enatu





Four people are nursing serious injuries in Abim district just days after the concluded presidential and parliamentary elections.


The four were on 16th January allegedly battered by supporters of the current Member of Parliament for Labuor County in Abim District, Hon. Michael Ayepa.

According to Hashaka Samuel Mpimbaza, the Resident District Commissioner Abim District, the injured were attacked from Moru Olem when they were headed to Magamaga Sub County.


On 16th January, 2021, the incumbent MP Ayepa who lost in the election together with James Onyangat, the NRM treasurer and area councilor Jimmy Oluk incited violence and ordered their supporters to burn tyres on the road as people were being battered.


“Some man was beaten, his head is cracked and it has just been stitched, there is another man called Bosco Abia Oriono, he was beaten in Katabong because he was supporting and campaigning for the NRM flag bearers including President Museveni and Hon. Janet Okolomony,” the RDC said.

Mpimbaza said that a case has been opened at Katabong police station under reference number 08/13/01/2021.


The RDC condemned the act saying they are being perpetuated by the two leaders Ayepa and the local council five chairperson of Abim Jimmy Ochero for their hatred against Iteso community in the region.


“As a security committee we are on a standby, we shall arrest somebody found guilty of participating in inciting violence, harassment, promoting tribalism and intimidation after this elections,” Mpimbaza added.


Ayepa claims that Iteso are not natives of Abim and were not supposed to vote there.

Ayepa was defeated by the NRM flag bearer by a margin of 6000 votes.

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