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Besigye Calls for ‘New Start’ as Police, Parliament Speak Out on Abiriga Shooting

Parliament has confirmed the gruesome murder of one of its members, and Arua Municipality MP Hon Ibrahim Abiriga.

The MP was gunned down Friday evening at around 6 30 pm near his home at in Matugga, Wakiso district.

Abiriga was reportedly shot dead along with his body guard, a UPDF officer who was yet to be identified by publication.

The killers according to eyewitnesses came on a bodaboda motorcycle and had their faces concealed.

One of the eyewitnesses told reporters at the scene that Abiriga had stopped to greet a group of children in the neighborhood when the killers approached.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga said she was saddened by the brutal murder.

The speaker sent out her condolences to the family of the deceased, the people of Arua and the country.

She urged the security forces to do everything possible to get the killers and reassure the country.

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“Parliament will discuss with the family about the burial arrangements,” she said.

Police about three hours after the incident, came out with confirmation of the shooting but without details.

The Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima through his deputy Patrick Onyango stated, “It’s a very unfortunate evening where l had to confirm the assassination of the Hon. Ibrahim Abiriga, Arua Municipality MP. He was killed near his home in Kawanda, Wakiso District by unknown assailants. Details will follow.”

Meanwhile commiserations continued to pour in from all sides, among them FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye, who hastened to blame the murder on the weak national security.

Besigye in a tweet said the murder was a sign that the country’s security organs were dysfunctional and called for “a new start”

“Uganda’s insecurity affects upper and bottom rungs of society equally and brutally! Security systems are clearly dysfunctional. A new start necessary,” he tweeted.

“My thoughts &prayers go to Hon Abiriga’s family, relatives &friends. Inna lillahi wa inna illahi raj’un.”

Abiriga joins the list of senior government officials, who have been gunned down, including former Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Government Prosecutor Joan Kagezi, and Major Muhammad Kiggundu.

 

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