Uganda: MPs Reject Govt Statement On Arua Shooting

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Kampala — Members of Parliament have rejected a statement from Government explaining circumstances surrounding the murder of Yasin Kawuma, the driver of Robert Kyagulanyi, the Kyadondo East MP.

Kawuma was shot dead on Monday evening around Pacific Hotel in Arua while seated in a tundra registration number UAT 416K belonging to Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.

According to Police, Kawuma was shot during skirmishes involving security personnel and supporters of Kasiano Wadri, one of the candidates in Arua municipality parliamentary by-elections.

The chaos is said to have started after unidentified people dressed in Wadri's campaign t-shirts pelted the president's convoy with stones as he was leaving the campaign rally of the NRM party candidate, Nusura Tiperu at Boma ground prompting security to open fire to disperse them.

The Special Forces Commander, which is in charge of president's security picked up Kassiano Wadri and several other MPs including Gerald Karuhanga, Francis Zzake,Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Paul Mwiru, and Francis Gonahasa.

They also picked up 34 other people and NTV's Herbert Zziwa and Ronald Muhanga who were charged with inciting violence and release on police bond on Tuesday.

Addressing parliament on Tuesday, Internal Affairs Minister, Jeje Odongo blamed the chaos on opposition supporters whom he said obstructed and attacked the Presidential motorcade.

He declined to reveal the whereabouts of the detained MPs and confirm whether the President's motorcade was attacked as claimed.

MPs overwhelming rejected Odongo's statement describing as shallow, saying it falls short of addressing several issues.

James Acidri, the Maracha East MP, said the Minister's statement was misleading because it claims the driver was shot in the chaos yet his vehicle was parked at the hotel.

According to Acidri, Government it is not clear why Kawuma was killed since he was sitting in the vehicle and wasn't part of the chaos. He said arresting Wadri and his supporters casts government in bad light.

Medard Lubega Ssegona, the Busiiro East MP, said

Government has not told the truth about the death of the driver, adding that even the details about the attempted attack on the president's convoy are unclear.

Taaka Agnes Wejuli, the Busia Woman MP, said Police shouldn't use live bullets against unarmed civilians, saying the force has gone astray. She said there is need for police to act responsibly.

Sam Lyomoki, the Workers representative, says the statement by the Internal Affairs Minister falls short of responsibility. He says Ugandans don't believe in the Governments report on the Arua incident.

CD Lowila Oketayot, the Pader Woman MP, said the president isn't remorseful for Kawuma's death and was only concerned about his motorcade, which he said is alarming.

Margaret Baba Diri, the Koboko Woman MP faulted police for picking up so many people instead of identifying and picking up those behind the criminal act.

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