Six defectors from the ruling National Resistance Movement in Amuru district have complained of receiving life threatening phone call from unidentified callers.
On Tuesday, more than seven NRM members including cadres and operatives publicly announced their defection to FDC during a meeting convened by the opposition to decide on the party candidate ahead of the district woman MP by-elections.
Thomas Magendo, the Pabbo sub county NRM vice chairperson was among the defectors.
Magendo says that he and his colleagues have been receiving life threatening phone calls from some NRM party members he didn’t name intimidating him for abandoning the party.
Magendo who says he took a personal decision to leave NRM after realizing the party was dysfunctional says he has has abandoned his home for fear being attacked.
By the time of filing this story, Magendo was yet to report the matter to police. On Wednesday, while addressing journalists in Gulu town, Reagan Okumu, the Aswa county MP warned NRM officials in Amuru against intimidating the defectors.
Okumu said they had started tracing the source of the phone to drag before the courts of law. According to Okumu, people have the freedom to choose which political party they want to belong too without being intimidated.
He said they are still monitoring the situation, adding that, they will notify the police when the matters get out of hand.
Nabinson Kidega, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner denied claims that the defectors are being threatened. He said people have freedom to choose the political party of their choice since the country is under democratic governance.
He advised the defectors to record the numbers of the people calling them with the threats and hand them over to the police for investigations.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa Regional Police Spokesperson has advised the defectors to report the matter to police if they feel their lives are in danger. Okema says the threats shouldn’t be taken light as they can turn into trouble