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Soroti East by-election; FDC candidate allegedly poisoned

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Soroti East by-election; FDC candidate allegedly poisoned

The Forum for Democratic Change, FDC Party candidate in the Soroti East parliamentary by-election Attan Moses Okia says he has been poisoned.

The incident comes just a day before the election slated for tomorrow Thursday.

According to Attan, he was forced to leave the rally midway on Tuesday after he was allegedly poisoned. It is unclear who may have carried out the alleged crime.

“I was poisoned yesterday. You may have realised I left the rally before it ended. I was given the local anti-poison and my night was tough – vomiting and diarrhoea,” says Attan.

He adds that by 3:30 am, he was too weak and had to be moved to a clinic where the issue was managed and after one and a half hours, they moved him out of Soroti to a private facility for further management to deny his enemies access.

“I give glory to God, that I am alive and getting stronger. Thank you so much, most especially those on the ground doing everything possible to protect our victory that shall be declared tomorrow after 4 pm. Our enemies have gotten desperate and restless, however, they have no choice but to accept the will of the people and God,” Attan added.
He is set to return to the constituency today after further checkups, examinations and treatment.

Attan is one of the three candidates vying for the Soroti East parliamentary seat which fell vacant when the Court of Appeal nullified his victory over the boundary demarcation that wrongfully annexed Aloet and Opiyai wards into the Soroti West constituency.

The other two candidates are Herbert Edmund Ariko of NRM and Pascal Amuriat of Uganda People’s Congress.

Sarah K. Biryomumaisho is a Multimedia journalist (Broadcast & Writing) with 11 years of experience. She holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Makerere Business Institute and a Certificate in Media Management from Women in News. She completed a Course in Wikimedia in 2020, making her one of the very few Wikipedia Editors in the country. She also has a certificate in Gender Justice Reporting from The International Women's Media Foundation, IWMF. She has worked with a number of media houses including 6 Radio stations, most recently Galaxy fm 100.2 & Radio 4. She has worked with Andariya Magazine as a writer. Sarah worked as a Digital Communications consultant for the newly revived Uganda Airlines and is also a Digital enthusiast. She owns a Media Organization called TheUgPost that publishes in Uganda and has a global reach. Twitter; https://twitter.com/BiryomumaishoB

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