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No suspects in Abiriga murder one year later

Ibrahim Abiriga's car bearing bullet scars

Ibrahim Abiriga's car bearing bullet scars

Tomorrow, June 8 will mark exactly one year since Arua Municipality MP, Col Ibrahim Abiriga was gruesomely murdered in a volley of ammunitions. However, his death has remained a puzzle, with no leads or arrests made by police.

Abiriga was killed alongside his driver-cum bodyguard, Saidi Butele Kongo, near his home in Kawanda, Wakiso district. Top security officials thronged his murder scene giving hope that his killers would perhaps be arrested as soon as possible. But that hope seems to have faded, as time passes.

At the release of the 2018 Crime Report last month, the inspector general of police (IGP) Martins Okoth Ochola said that the police had arrested several suspects in heinous crimes committed last year except in the case of Abiriga.

Ochola cited Abiriga’s assassination among other high profile murders that shaped 2018. The others were the kidnap and murder of Susan Magara and 15 others, the killing of Buyende district police commander ASP Mohammad Kirumira and Dr Ibrahim Gwaluka, who according to the IGP, were all killed by an organised gang of criminals.

“We are however happy to note that the criminals involved in these acts have been arrested and committed to High court for trial, save for the case of Hon Abiriga Ibrahim,” Ochola said.   

Remembering Abiriga

Abiriga was famous for among other reasons, his love yellow, the signature colour of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party and President Museveni. Abiriga wore yellow shoes, yellow stockings, suits, yellow necktie, yellow shirts, yellow t-shirts and drove a yellow beetle.

A local television visited his home in Kawanda about five months before he was killed and found yellow cups, yellow plates, yellow blankets and yellow bedsheets. Besides, Abiriga was loved for his high sense of humour. He cracked jokes with both the young and adults. MPs and journalists who often interacted with him at parliament, described him as somebody who never despised anyone.  

Residents of Kawanda spoke about him as philanthropist who shared the little he had with neighbours including buying food for women abandoned by their husbands in rented houses. Locals said he often moved with tins of sweets which he would serve to children he met on his way home. Abiriga was among the first MPs to propose the removal of article 102(b) that capped presidential age between 35 and 75. 


+3 #1 Lysol 2019-06-07 21:30
State sponsored terrorism/ assassination of its own citizens is always difficult to prove or hold anyone accountable.
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+1 #2 Olum S. 2019-06-08 00:03
This is the story of Uganda. High profile murders go unresolved, and the nation's military rulers will hope such cases fades from memory as time passes.

Nothing new here. We all knew this was going to happen.

And in the event these so-called police claim they have caught the culprit, deep public suspicion about their claims will arise.

This is because the police have proven they are easily compromised by Uganda's military rulers.

They have lost their professionalism, and instead have become an extension of the NRA. And as a result, they are no longer fit for purpose. Demoralised, underfunded, they are there to help protect and preserve the Ruling Family and their criminal balebeesi.
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0 #3 Wainainchi 2019-06-08 14:22
RIP Our Beloved Colonel Abiriga!

Thank you for being loyal cadre and for loving Uganda,NRM and Mzee YKM!

You will be avenged and your assassin's will be found sooner or later.

We are welcoming joint statement and decision of five allied States to come to aid of Congo and exterminate all cockroaches polluting freedom and democracies of our fraternal nations We are all one and are linked mutually.Long live Panafricanism!!!
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+1 #4 Odongkara 2019-06-08 21:29
Quoting Lysol:
State sponsored terrorism/ assassination of its own citizens is always difficult to prove or hold anyone accountable.

They will be exposed on the day they're no longer in power but for now let them have their field day!

Abiriga's and his brother's blood will never dry up in vain, watch this space.
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0 #5 Odongkara 2019-06-08 21:35
The West Nile region is full of ex-combatants right from the KAR to the present UPDF and many of these are Abiriga's comrades, relatives and tribesmate but they have remained dead silent, does anyone know why and what's going on?

Ask the lizard which is a silent Listener to every conversation in the grass thatched hut.
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0 #6 rubangakene 2019-06-09 16:44
UGANDA, UGANDA, ONLY IN UGANDA does a high profile case drag its feet for so long and no clue.

Was Abiriga too yellow for his own good? Did Abiriga try to "outshine" the rest of the 'yellows'? Why had Abiriga tried in vain to secure an audience with the President?

What message/secret has he carried to heaven? Well these questions might never be answered soon. However the message for all Ugandans is clear; paint yourself yellow at your own peril. The yellow peril is a strange creature!
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0 #7 Lakwena 2019-06-10 09:49
Abiriga and brother bodyguard(RIP) were sacrificial lambs.

I am sure even the devil was shocked at whoever murdered Abiriga and bodyguard.
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