DP refutes NRM claims that opposition killed Abiriga

By Robert Segawa

The  opposition Democratic Party (DP),  has dismissed talks within the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and president Museveni for accusing the opposition for the gruesome murder of the Arua MP, Ibrahim Abiriga.

The NRM strong man was gunned down on Friday evening by unknown assassins on his way back home and this has since sparked off fear within the different leaders in NRM.

During a press briefing at DP offices the party President Nobert Mao says that the kind of talk by members of the NRM is cheap politics and should not continue because it will only cause an unhealthy debate in the country. .
Those with such talks are kind of people who don’t know the kind of contest we are in; obviously we launched the K’ogikwatako campaign from here, Abiriga was our political opponent, we disagreed strongly with his support for Article 102 amendment and even those who voted for amendment remain our political opponents but killing is not one of our method,” Mao said.

Mao said that from the on set, the Democratic Party is a non-violent organization which can’t inolve itself is killings and murders. “We have stated before that our organisition is a non-violent organization, so if tomorrow I am killed, will it be NRM? That kind of debate is extremely unhealthy and I call for maturity within the NRM, there is even no basis for us to be suspected,” Mao noted.

Security tightens ahead of Abiriga’s burial

By Robert Segawa

Security is tight in and outside Arua town municipality as military and police officers patrol this morning after residents turned riotous and destroyed property at the home of the fallen Arua municipality member of Parliament Hon Col Ibrahim Abiriga last evening.

The bodies of Hon Abiriga and his brother who were assassinated on Friday near his home in Kirinyabigo in Kawanda Wakiso district were airlifted by the military helicopter to his home in Arua town.
However, residents who had come to receive the body of their legislator turned rowdy and destroyed tents, plastic chairs and vehicles which had delivered caskets forcing the family and mourners to run into disarray.

A vehicle belonging to A PLUS  and local NGO, police motorcycles were destroyed as angry residents moved to grab the bodies forcing family to seek refugee from nearby police station. Equipment belonging to journalists including cameras and audio recorders were destroyed as scribes scampered for their lives.

UPDF soldiers from Bondo military barracks were summoned to reinforce police to calm the situation by firing live bullets in the air to calm down the situation.
Hon Abiriga and his bodyguard also his brother will be laid to rest at their ancestral home in Arua municipality today Monday.