President Museveni has roared over chaotic scenes that rocked Arua Municipality as supporters on National Resistance Movement candidate Nusura Tiperu interfaced with opposition leaning candidate Kassiano Wadri hours after addressing their final rallies.
Chaotic scenario led to subsequent arrest and detention Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga, Jinja East MP Paul Mwiru, former MP Michael Mabikke, Fred Nyanzi, Wadri journalists and others.
The fracas also culminated into the death of Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi’s driver Yasin Kawuuma. Police alluded his death to a stray bullet that could have been fired to disperse crowd however, this website established that the death occurred at Hotel pacific five kilometers away from where chaos ensued.
In his statement, Museveni clarified that one of his vehicles that was damaged by stones pelted by ‘opposition supporters’ was not armoured, “Stones only broke the rear glass window of my car, the part where I put some luggage. That window glass is not armoured. There was no harm on the old man with a hat,” he said.
Museveni said his convoy did not react with fire in response to this attack because they were not equipped for anti-riots, “Our intervention could have resulted into people’s death because we only had live bullets,” he added.
“Some leaders have been acting with impunity and it has caused the death of one in Bugiri and one person in Arua. These acts are strongly rejected and will be punished according to the law. Anybody who organizes such groups is responsible for their misconduct, nobody has a right to intimidate any Ugandan by word or action,” he said.
He explained ‘opposition supporters’ injured quite a number of people with stones and it was in that scuffles that one of the attackers was shot dead a matter he leaned on weak management by the Police and the criminal behaviour of some of the Opposition leaders.
Arua Municipality seat was declared vacant after the assassination of Ibrahim Abiriga in Kawanda in June.