Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga has been shot dead together with his bodyguard near his home in Kawanda along the Kampala-Gulu highway.
Abiriga, who was famous for his love for the ruling party, National Resistance Movement and President Museveni was gunned down this evening by unknown gunmen reportedly riding on motorcycles in a style similar to the way former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi was killed last year.
Abiriga was gunned down as he drove his yellow Volkswagen beetle vehicle to home. According to witnesses, Abiriga usually returned home between 6-8pm. He was gunned down at around 7pm today.
His last public appearance was at the presentation of the State of the Nation Address on Wednesday at International Conference Centre at Kampala Serena hotel, in his trademark yellow Kaunda suit matched with yellow shoes.
"It is a very unfortunate evening where I had to confirm the assassination of the Hon. Ibrahim Abiriga. He was killed near his home in Kawanda, Wakiso district," police spokesman Emilian Kayima said.
Abiriga was one of the champions for the recent constitutional amendment for the removal of the presidential age from the constitution.
"The Speaker @RebeccaKadaga has learnt with shock of the shooting & death of Arua Municipality MP, Hon Ibrahim Abiriga and sends her condolences to the family, the people of Arua and the country at large. She urges the security agencies to start investigations immediately," a tweet posted on the parliament handle reads.
The shooting comes just a day after President Museveni assured Ugandans that the government will defeat masterminds of the new wave of what he called urban terrorism activities like kidnaps and murder.
Museveni added that the government had put in place mechanisms to build the intelligence gathering capacity in towns and along major highways.
MUSEVENI CALLS ABIRIGA'S WIFE
Moments after he was gunned down, Musevrni called Abiriga's wife, Sijali Amina. The president rang the Arua district Internal Security Officer to link him up with Amina.
Since the substantive DISO is reportedly out of station, a one Aguti, an intelligence operative attached to Arua Airfield is reported to have received the presidential directive. Oguti was seen driving at breakneck speed to Abiriga's home to link President Museveni with Abiriga's wife.
Meanwhile, the mood at Abiriga's home is getting wilder. Irate mourners ordered soldiers who had deployed at Abiriga's home to go away. They accused them of failing to protect Abiriga in life.
Abiriga's wife who returned to Arua two days ago from Kampala is currently being consoled by a group of women who immediately rushed to the home following the news of his demise.
MUSLIMS VOW TO REVENGE
News of Abiriga's shooting that started spreading at 7:20pm has left the Muslim community in Arua, NRM supporters in the municipality and Lower Madi community in distress.
Members of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Arua district have reacted furiously to the news of Abiriga's death and have vowed to revenge on whoever has taken his life. Abiriga's house at Anyafio village was also filled with mourners as they tried to get live updates from television channels.
Abiriga served as the resident district commissioner (RDC) for Arua district for 12 years since 2001 before he was transferred to Yumbe in the same position. He resigned from the post to contest for a parliamentary seat, which he won in February 2016.
However, his election was contested by his main challenger, Musema Mudathir Bruce, a member of the opposition Forum For Democratic Change on the basis of lack of academic documents.
His challengers have maintained that Abiriga did not have an advanced level certificate, the minimum education requirement for anyone contesting for a parliamentary seat.
Tentative burial arrangements; from now police will be carrying out postmortem, hand over to A plus funeral services tomorrow by 2pm , Sunday at 10am body will be brought to parliament, then flown to Arua on Sunday for burial on Monday #AbirigaShooting #RIPAbiriga @observerug pic.twitter.com/DTI2RKy6h5— nicholas Bamulanzeki (@bamulanzeki) June 8, 2018