By Benson Tumusiime
Police have opened up investigations against four people believed to have incited or participated in the assassination of Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Col. Ibrahim Abiriga on Friday 8th June.
They include Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke, on the basis of a video in which she explains how easy it is to attack Abiriga even with his bodyguards all around him. A source privy to the ongoing investigations told TheSpy Uganda that Nambooze was being investigated for inciting violence.
The second file is opened up against Nasser Mugerwa, who sent out an audio recording claiming responsibility for Abiriga’s assassination. Mugerwa details how they used crime preventers that have been trained by the government to kill Abiriga and that many other supporters of the Ruling party National Resistance Movement (NRM) who backed the Age Limit amendment Bill were on the waiting list.
He listed MPs Evelyn Anite, Ruth Nankabirwa, Simeo Nsubuga and Raphael Magyezi as the next possible targets. Mugerwa also threatened President Museveni and his Son Kainerugaba. “All of you who touched on the constitution, you will pay. Even you Museveni and your son Muhoozi we are following you step by step,” Mugerwa says in the audio which is making rounds on social media.
The third file is against one Jane Kuli, whose Facebook post on May 24, 2018, foretold that Abiriga would die in the first week of June and finally, for now, the fourth file is against a Sweden based Ugandan commonly known by the pet name ‘Peng Peng’ who circulated a video two days after Abiriga’s death stating that President Museveni and the NRM were behind the murder of Abiriga.
With the exception of Nambooze, the three others are looked at as persons of interest in the murder of Abiriga and his brother, Said Butele. The two were gunned down on Friday evening 8th June in Kawanda, Wakiso District at they returned home from work.
“Someone like Mugerwa has gone on record and confessed to being behind the assassination. We have to bring him in and find out what he knows. The rest will be subject to investigations,” the officer who preferred anonymity told Thespy Uganda.