Kampala: Police have confirmed that a couple of cartridges for Sub Machine Gun (SMG) assault rifle popularly known as AK47 have been recovered from the scene where Arua municipality legislator Col. Ibrahim Abiriga was killed.
Col Abiriga and his brother, who was doubling as bodyguard, Said Kango were last night showered with live bullets by unknown gunmen a few meters to his home in Kirinnyabigo, Kawanda the outskirts of Kampala.
According to statement released by Police spokesperson Emirian Kayima, police implored the general public to be more vigilant and embrace information sharing with security operatives to avert crime and quick response in case crimes happens.
Mr Kayima further said in the statement that police are yet to establish whether the slain duo was also armed.
Abiriga’s car has this afternoon been carried to police headquarters by forensic experts and scene of crime officers who were manning the condoned off area where the victims were put to death.
An eyewitness said, “Gun men were moving on a numberless motorcycle and their heads were covered with helmets, fired bullets in air before shooting at the deceased’s card as it rammed into jack fruit tree.”
They narrated that the retired army officer was assassinated in an area where kids used to wait for him every day s name ‘Abiriga’ and he would respond by lowering his Beetle vintage Volkswagen windows to greet or give them money.
In the morning, President Museveni paid courtesy visit to the family of late Abiriga, scene of crime and tasked police to inform the public about the progress made in investigations and prosecution of suspects involved in other murder cases such as Hajj Muhamad Kiggundu.
“We shall bring these criminals to book, Abiriga was an ardent supporter of the NRM party, if it is the enemies of the NRM who have done this, it will expose the risk of fighting the NRM,” he said at the late Abiriga’s home.
On Sunday, 7:00am, the body of Abiriga will lay at Gadaffi Mosque for the Muslim community to pay their last respects.
“Being a Muslim, Abiriga should have been buried today but a discussion was held with family members and the Muslim community to hold on because of his stature,” a family members said.
He revealed that his body will tomorrow be taken to parliament before jetting it to arua for burial