The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) have described as “disturbing,” reports from the northern Arua Municipality, about the alleged involvement by some of its members in the chaos that engulfed the area, following the arrival of the body of local parliamentarian Ibrahim Abiriga, who was murdered last Friday.
At least one person was reportedly shot dead as police strained to contain thousands of youths who wreaked havoc from Arua Airfield to the home of the deceased MP.
These blocked the ambulances carrying the bodies of Abiriga and his brother Said Kongo from moving from the airfield; later on seized the bodies from the ambulances and marched with them on the streets, and at home, destroyed chairs, tents and property on top of assaulting some of the mourners.
The NRM today came out to blame the chaos on FDC, whose members, they said, organized the rowdy youths.
NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba said some FDC members, including an MP mobilized people to cause chaos.
“It was shock to all of us, seeing on TV members of the community, carrying signs of FDC, not NRM…they went and grabbed the body from government, went and destroyed Hon Abiriga’s property. What kind of heart is that?” she said.
The Opposition party however, says these allegations are false.
Party President Patrick Oboi Amuriat said the FDC leadership was “wrongfully implicated” in the chaos.
According to Amuriat, UPDF officials were last evening hunting for Obongi County MP Kaps Fungaroo, for mobilizing the rioters in Arua,
“Last night about 30 military personnel surrounded Hotel Pacific where his car was parked and combed all the rooms in an attempt to find him,” said Amuriat.
“Fortunately he was able to escape and the management of the hotel was unable to release his vehicle that the military wanted to tow away.”
The UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire didn’t respond to our request for conformation and neither could the police spokesman Emilian Kayima.
Karemire’s deputy, Deo Akiiki couldn’t confirm the alleged military operation, telling us he was away preparing for his looming wedding.
But the FDC president expressed fear that the army was likely to harm Hon Fungaroo.
“It is important that we let the country know as that may serve as a safeguard for Hon. Fungaroo,” he said.