FDC’s AMURIAT HELD HOSTAGE IN FORTPORTAL HOTEL BY SECURITY

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Police and other security agencies in Fort Portal City in western Uganda have surrounded Jopalz hotel where Patrick Oboi Amuriat, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate slept

Amuriat who was yesterday driven out of four districts spent the night at Jopalz Hotel outside the fort portal city, from where he was supposed to proceed to Kitagwenda and other districts for his final campaign leg in the region.

However, as soon as he entered the hotel, police and the army surrounded it, barring those who were in from getting out and no one was also allowed to enter the premises.

In the morning, the hotel staff who had reported for duty were denied access to their workplace as more than 100 security forces had been deployed to bar Amuriat from leaving the premises.

Edison Tinkasimire, the manager of the hotel said he was surprised to see his premises cordoned off.

Tinkasimire said the barricade has affected their schedule because they start work at 6:00am, but by 8:30am, they had not been allowed access to the hotel premises.

According to one of the security guards at the hotel, who preferred anonymity, UPDF soldiers grabbed the key from him in the night and barred anyone from entering or leaving the hotel.

Amuriat is today expected to campaign in Kamwenge and Kitagwenda districts.

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