“Amuriat arrested for knocking DPC. He was arrested by the Police at Nkombe, a few kilometres from Kyamuhunga on the Ishaka-Kasese highway. Amuriat was intercepted at about 9:00 am and ordered into a Police vehicle” (New Vision, 04.12.2020).
“Presidential candidate from the FDC block, Patrick Oboi Amuriat has been arrested by the police at the border of Rubirizi and Bushenyi. He is, reportedly, being taken to Mbarara to answer for the boda knocking of the area DPC that occurred on Wednesday” (NTV Uganda, 04.12.2020).
What happened on Wednesday this week was unfortunate for the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Presidential Candidate. That he was sitting on a boda boda that knocked Mbarara DPC John Rutaagira. As he was blocking the road, as the FDC was campaigning in the area.
Yes, the FDC shouldn’t get police interference in their campaigns and rallies. They shouldn’t be monitored or having law enforcement on their backs. As they are just crossing various of districts between venues and campaigns spots for the party. Which is totally natural for any candidate and especially for a Presidential Candidate.
Patrick Amuriat Oboi (POA) wasn’t riding the boda-boda. He was a passenger on the boda-boda that knocked the DPC. So, if the Police was caring about the ones that did it. They would look into the driver and investigate his movements. If he was driving directly or if the DPC was driving illegally on the road. Because, the impact happened because of how two drivers of two boda-boda’s. Either the blame is the DPC who didn’t conduct himself properly or the driver of POA’s boda-boda, which drove reckless. So, with this argument, it’s not POA’s fault as he is a bystander and a third party to the events. Unless, he ordered the driver to aim directly at the DPC. Which we cannot know as that has been stated anywhere. This is just mere speculations at this point.
What is clear is that POA and his team gave the authorities a reason to arrest him. Someone like POA and his team shouldn’t give that to the Uganda Police Force. They take everything and even a small figment of hope to destroy the dissidents. These are from the same folks that blames the victims of their brutality and call the victims out as “criminals”. When knowing this, the FDC and POA shouldn’t play into it.
Yes, it could be the DPC’s fault, but he will never take the blame. He is following orders and acting as a vigilante like most of the Police Officers who uses live-bullets at civilians does. They are throwing tear-gas like maniacs at rallies and gatherings. Therefore, they will always find reasons to disperse and disrupt the opposition. POA gave a valid reason to be arrested. Even if his not to blame…
POA didn’t drive, but did he order the driver? That is easy question to ask. POA participating in that and getting it on video or photographs is evidence somehow. This will be used and thwart his campaign for now.
When you have vicious and malicious authorities like the Uganda Police Force. You should not take the bait. They will deliberately use it against you. They don’t even have to pin something on you or forge a narrative. That was created all on his own or by the ones around him.
This is where they gave way or got caught up in a moment. This wasn’t defiance or civil disobedience. It was either unlucky for POA or it was the DPC who was reckless. We do not know and trust me. The DPC will nto take the blame. He will use this as means to an end. Which is to criminate POA. Clearly that is working. Peace.