Police stop Americans from talking to residents

Saturday September 21 2013

By Cissy Makumbi


Two Americans were on Tuesday barred from talking to the residents of Lakang Village in Amuru District in northern Uganda.

Mr Phil Wilmot and Kelly Curran were stopped in Otwee Trading Centre as they headed to Lakang in Amuru Sub-county. Mr Phil Wilmot, the founder of Solidarity Uganda, said they were going to sensitise the community on conflict resolution measures.

“We spent three hours being interrogated by the police who kept asking us irrelevant questions about our family members back home,” Mr Wilmot said. He said they were asked to get permission from the area Internal Security Officer, the army and district authorities before they could be allowed to do the training.

The Amuru District Police Commander, Mr Edimond Mwesigye, denied that they stopped the team from speaking to the locals. “We only asked them to get clearance from relevant authorities, before they could get to the ground,” he said.