By Ivan Mwine
The police have finally come out to address allegations that Denis Dick Owani, who is the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate for the Omoro County Member of Parliament was kidnapped on Wednesday.
Owani, who is contesting with other candidates to fill the position that fell vacant following the death of former Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, told the media that he had been abducted by unknown people who were driving an unknown vehicle.
He alleges that he was abducted by occupants in an unknown vehicle who were trailing him.
Owani claims they kidnapped him at Adida village in Omoro District but later abandoned him at Corner Kamdini in Oyam District.
However, while addressing the public about the matter, officers at Aswa Regional Police said they are investigating the alleged kidnap.
“We do take matters of threats to life including abductions seriously. Our regional teams in Aswa and North Kyoga have opened up general inquiries to help prove or disprove the allegations,” ASP David Ongom Mudong, the Aswa Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) said.
He added that; “We urge the complainant in the alleged incident to cooperate with police and provide us with all the necessary information. We further wish to inform the public that the complainant in this alleged incident is out of danger and has gone for nomination.”
The stiff race to fill the vacant Omoro County MP seat is currently led by National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate Andrew Ojok, who is fallen Speaker Oulanyah’s son.
Ojok is contesting for the position against FDC candidate Owani, plus others who include; Godwin Okello from the Democratic Party (DP), and Oscar Kizza of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT).
It should however be noted that the National Unity Platform (NUP) also fronted Simon Toolit Akecha, who belongs to FDC, as their candidate in the race.