Aswa River Region Police are investigating the alleged abduction of Dick Denis Owani, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party candidate in the Omoro County Parliamentary By-election.
Owani reportedly went missing on Wednesday evening after unknown men abducted him along Bobi-Aboke road in Adyeda village, Bobi Sub-county, Omoro District.
Owani confirmed to Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Thursday that he was indeed abducted but decline to divulge more details.
Police say the aspirant claimed his abductors drove and dumped him, some 40 kilometers away in Kamdini Town Council in Oyam District. This came a few hours to Owani’s nomination later today by the Electoral Commission.
Damali Nachuha, the Aswa River Region Police Commander notes that they are investigating the incident to ascertain whether the kidnap indeed took place or was stage-managed to gain political attention. She says once the allegations are found to be factual, they won’t hesitate to apprehend the culprits behind the act. She noted that they are prepared to ensure the by-election processes go smoothly arguing that they have enough security personnel on the ground. ENDS