Police raids FDC meeting over red ribbon campaign

Mwijukye, Amuriat and others at the launch

Police in Moroto district on Thursday raided a meeting of Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] members to arrest them for wearing red ribbons in protest against the lifting of the presidential age limit.

FDC mobilisation secretary Ingrid Turinawe said the meeting was organised by Karamoja sub region delegates drawn from six districts of Kotido, Kabong, Nakapiripirit, Amudat, Moroto, Abim and Napak.

The delegates were meeting Eng. Patrick Oboi Amuriat (POA) who is canvassing support for the position of FDC party president.

On Wednesday, Amuriat launched the “Red Ribbon Campaign” at Rubongi village in Ruubongi Sub County in Bukedi district in Eastern Uganda.

He was escorted by Ingrid, Hon. Mwijukye Francis [Buhweju MP], Harold Kaija [FDC deputy secretary general] and youth leaders; Brian Atuheire Batenda and Mulindwa Walid Lubega, among others.

Amuriat who is spearheading the campaign introduced by FDC strongman, Kizza Besigye, asked delegates to educate the people on the dangers of interfering with Article 102 (b) of the constitution.

He met delegates from seven districts of Tororo, Busia, Butaleja, Budaka, Kibukku, Pallisa and Butebo. He told them to wear the red ribbon as a symbol of liberation and defiance against constitutional amendments.

Later, Amuriat said the delegates in Bukedi unanimously agreed that as “we talk about our party issues, our central message in our areas of abode and where we work the fight for Our Constitution is central all that we do”.

On September 26, Amuriat suspended his campaigns and joined the people of Mbarara to answering the “patriotic call” in the constitution which demands that citizens must never allow any person or persons to “break” the Constitution.

“We want to thank the people of Mbarara and other parts of the country who rose up to be counted in this noble cause.”

He added: “You withstood the teargas, bullets and beatings by state agents in order to make your voice heard. To the MPs on our side, keep going.”