By Candia Stephen
Arua-A section of NRM supporters have vowed to boycott the January 26 celebrations in Arua on grounds that the MPs and the President acted contrary to their wish on the Age limit bill.
But during the first preparatory meeting held at Arua Hill division offices on Thursday, the Chief administrative officer Arua, Ismail Ocheger, confirmed the district’s readiness to host the celebrations and called on the lower local government leaders and the general public to popularize the event.
But since the information of the celebrations to be held at Arua hill grounds in Arua town trickled in, several members of the NRM and some opposition members who have preferred anonymity have vowed to mobilize their colleagues to shun the event.
Although the district cuouncilor for Vurra, Mr Anguyo Pariyo, said: “There is no legal basis for extending the term limits. The MPs have made errors and have set a bad trend for the democracy in Uganda. This is illegal.”
According to some of the NRM supporters, the recent passing and accenting to the age limit bill by the parliament and the president respectively has not only embarrassed them but also kept off their wishes.
The regional police commander West Nile Peter Muwonge has pledged to ensure total security before, during and after the event, adding that the security personnel are ready to deal with those intending to disrupt, sabotage or cause any parallel approach to the celebrations.
The Resident District Commissioner, Peter Debele, without disclosing further details confirmed that the district has already sent ten names of senior citizens as requested by state house to be awarded liberation medals on the day.
“I received a call from State House asking for names of the senior citizens to be profiled for awards of medals, which we have already done,” Debele said.
Wadri Sam Nyakua the LC 5 chairman Arua district has urged the people of Arua to use the opportunity to do business since ‘such an occasion comes with financial benefits’.
He added that the business community in Arua should prepare to tap finances from the celebrations by providing accommodation, food and drinks among other services and also use the opportunity to interact with the President regarding their challenges.
“This is a rare opportunity and so use it to do business and share your challenges with the President,” Wadri said.
The central organizing committee and security officials are also embroiled in the challenge of relocating taxis and market vendors who have currently flooded Arua hill grounds and the surrounding areas following the demolition of the old market.
Arua Municipal Authorities have also been tasked to ensure that the town is made clean with functional street lights ahead of the celebrations.
The celebrations shall be held under the theme: Uganda’s liberation struggle, a significant contribution to the present and future development.