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SERERE COUNTY BY-ELECTIONS: Police Speaks out on MP Okupa’s Arrest

By Nathan Eyagu

 

SOROTI

 

Police has defended its decision of arresting the Kasilo County Member of Parliament, Elijah Okupa in the early hours of Wednesday, 22nd February, 2023.

 

Okupa was picked up in Ochapa, Serere County while meeting polling agents of his candidate, Emmanuel Omoding Okabe and driven to Serere Central Police Station where a search was later conducted on him and vehicle.

 

Whereas the legislator insists he was training Okabe’s polling agents and handing to them their appointment letters after getting clearance from the district electoral commission office, police is saying otherwise.

 

 

Following the arrest of the Kasilo County MP, Okupa Elijah that happened early yesterday, 22nd February, 2023 in Ochapa, Serere County, police has accused the MP for engaging in political campaigns.

 

The East Kyoga Police Spokesperson, SP Ageca Oscar Gregg while addressing journalists later yesterday confirmed the arrest of the MP saying that Hon. Okupa was arrested on allegations of campaigning beyond the regulated time.

 

Ageca said according to the Electoral Commission roadmap, campaigns ended on 21st February, 2023 and therefore blamed the MP for violating the guidelines.

 

“We received information that Okupa was campaigning hence calling him to help us verify the allegations,” Ageca said.

 

Concerning the heavy security deployment in the County, SP Ageca explained that it’s not there to intimidate or frighten anyone but for people’s personal security and to make sure that no one stops them from going for elections following the incidences that happened in Soroti City East by-elections where some “Chokoras” blocked people from going to vote.

 

“Every legal voter will have chance to go and vote for a candidate of his or her choice”, he added.

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