Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] Party President Patrick Amuriat has secured the release of party leaders who were arrested in Butebo district on Monday.
Those released on police bond are; Mugerwa Jessy, the FDC Butebo District chairman, Kibone Agnes, the secretary and Olupot Sam, the Youth leader who had earlier been arrested by police.
The party had earlier said police arrested five of their leaders and poured to the ground food which was prepared for them while ruthlessly suppressing them with teargas.
Enthusiastic supporters welcomed Amuriat who was accompanied by Deputy President in charge of Eastern region Hon. Kevinah Taaka Wandera, Secretary for Defence and security who also doubles as Busia – Eastern Division Mayor Amin Sadick Agere, Party National Youth League Chairman Mulindwa Walid Lubega, Deputy chief Administrative Officer Fred Mutibwa Wamanghe and a host of Party leaders from Bukedi sub region, among others.
Amidst blockage of all roads and several check-up points by police, the party entourage entered Butebo District and made the first stop over at Kanyumu round about.
The people took Amuriat to inspect Omorototo bridge that connects Butebo district to Kidongole in Bukedea district.
The bridge recently collapsed and currently in bad shape causing danger with six reportedly dead, many injured and badly affecting school going children of Jonathan Memorial Secondly School (that belongs to the late Hon.Dr. Stephen Malinga’s family), among others.
People blocked roads to stop police from interfering with FDC activities.
Police fired tear gas to disperse excited crowds that were following the Party President and his entourage but people defiantly kept with the President.
“Residents decried of the poverty brought by the NRM regime and implored the FDC Party to continue leading way in the struggle to overthrow the Museveni dictatorship,” the party said.