11 June 2018

Uganda: Abiriga Shooting - Museveni Now Bans Hoods

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Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga’s bullet-riddled car.

President Yoweri Museveni has said his government is going to ban wearing of hoods while driving because it was the latest techinique assailants are using to disguise their identity when murdering people.

Museveni was speaking at the funeral of slain Arua municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga and his brother and bodyguard Saidi Kongo Buga in Lukudu village, Arua today afternoon.

"Those who killed Abiriga are using a simple technique of putting on a jacket with a hood... So we had a security meeting the other day, and I asked the security people; why do you allow these people to move with hoods?' So we're going to ban covering of your head when you're driving... For the helmets, we're going to require all of them to acquire new helmets with numbers at the back and those numbers must be shining at night. So no more hoods and helmets." Museveni said.

Abiriga and his brother Buga were shot dead last Friday evening in Kawanda in Wakiso district, reportedly by two hooded men who were riding on motorcycles. Museveni also warned of tough new laws he said his government was going to formulate so as to control the "kelele (noise) of fools, idiots, who are just on radio, social media. And here we need strong laws. If it needs legislation we really need to legislate. Don't do this, don't do that."

Museveni said murder cases like Abiriga's are not a military problem because "an assassin is like a needle in a stack of hay. It doesn't need many soldiers to look for the needle. If you bring many soldiers to look for the needle, you're just wasting time. You need a metal detector."

"This issue is not a big security problem but an issue of intelligence and media control but it is also true that there's some laxity in the security forces especially the police and intelligence services."

Museveni added that his NRM government has political opponents but it doesn't kill them the way Abiriga may have been killed for his political beliefs. He cited the example of Kassiano Wadri, the former opposition legislator and MP of Terego county, who, he said he did not like politically but did not kill.

He said Wadri may even join ruling party, NRM party, but if he'd killed him that would never have been possible.

"Why do you kill an elected leader of Uganda. Why doesn't the NRM kill the MPs on the opposition... .If you start a war with NRM you will lose. Nobody will start a war with NRM and win. You will lose... You don't kill people. If there's war you fight. You don't find a man seated in his house and kill him... you're a pig. If you want to fight go to the bush and declare war and fight."

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