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Arore supporters charged with criminal damage in Oro

November 1, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Five men involved in the illegal attempts to remove Oro Governor Gary Juffa have been arrested and charged by police…

Melissa Martin | Post Courier

David Arore

Five Arore supporters have been arrested and changed

FIVE people, including former Northern governor Silvanus Siembo, have been arrested and charged with damaging State properties during the political upheaval in Popondetta on Tuesday, police said. The others are former provincial administrator Owen Awaita, Tony Tukari, Larry Savase and Henry Paine.

Southern divisional commander Allan Kundi said they have been charged with unlawful damage and using threatening words on acting Provincial Administrator Robert Dademo.

Mr Kundi said they are out on bail.

The suspects were part of the Ijivitari MP David Arore’s supporters who had entered the premises to elect Mr Arore as the governor for Northern Province in a vote of no-confidence during an assembly meeting.

Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki had instructed Mr Kundi to assess the situation in Popondetta and investigate on reports received from incumbent Governor Gary Juffa.

Yesterday Mr Kundi arrived in Popondetta to restore order, adding his men were still investigating what transpired on Tuesday in order to make more arrests. He has urged supporters and members of each faction to keep calm and cooperate while they conduct their investigations.

On Tuesday, Mr Juffa laid a complaint with the police commissioner about the damage done by Mr Arore’s supporters in removing locks with bolt cutters to enter the provincial assembly building.

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