By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga has been shot dead near his home in Matugga about 16 kilometers from Kampala City.
President Museveni has instructed security agencies to immediately find the killers.
"I have received news about the senseless killing of Arua Municipality MP, Hon Ibrahim Abiriga, and his bodyguard on the city's outskirts. I have tasked security agencies to expeditiously find these killers and the nation will be updated soon. May Hon Abiriga's soul rest in peace."
Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said earlier that the shooting of the legislator is unfortunate.
"It's a very unfortunate evening where l had to confirm the assassination of the Hon. Ibrahim Abiriga, Arua Municipality MP. He was killed near his home in Kawanda, Wakiso District by unknown assailants," said Emilian Kayima in a statement.
Before joining Parliament, Abiriga served as the Resident District Commissioner for Arua District for 12 years since 2001 before he was transferred to Yumbe in the same position.
A retired UPDF Colonel, Abiriga resigned from the post to contest for a parliamentary seat, which he won in February 2016.
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The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga says she is shocked by the news of Abiriga's killing.
@RebeccaKadaga has learnt with shock of the shooting & death of Arua Municipality MP, Hon Ibrahim Abiriga & sends her condolences to the family, the people of Arua & the country at large," a tweet from Parliament reads.
The speaker, through the Parliament tweeter handle urges security agencies to start investigations immediately.
President Museveni: "I have received news about the senseless killing of Arua Municipality MP, Hon Ibrahim Abiriga, and his bodyguard on the city's outskirts. I have tasked security agencies to expeditiously find these killers and the nation will be updated soon. May Hon Abiriga's soul rest in peace."
"Very tragic, and sad the untimely demise of the amiable retired army Colonel at the hands of criminal terrorists. May the Almighty console family and friends during this trying moment. MAG RIP," Major Chris Magezi, the PRO Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations (SPA/SO) said in a tweet.
Frank Tumwebaze (ICT Minister): "Disturbing reports are reaching us that Hon
@AbirigaIbrahim has been shot dead. We await confirmation by the @PoliceUg which has swiftly moved to the area. We stand with his family in this trying moment."
Don Wanyama (Senior Presidential Press Secretary): "Rest in peace Hon Abiriga. Those with this blood on their hands will surely pay some day."
NRM Mourns Loyal Cadre
Here at the headquarters of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party in Kampala, we are in receipt of the shocking news of the brutal murder of Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Hon Ibrahim Abiriga.
Information reaching us this Friday evening indicates that the NRM legislator was gunned down in Kawanda just a few metres to his home.
Hon. Abiriga has been a staunch member of NRM whose loyalty to the Party was well known to all concerned. He hasn't only been a loyal member but supportive to all initiatives of the NRM government.
The Secretary General of NRM Rt. Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba has described the incident by these brutal assassins as being a 'big robbery to the Party'
"We are robbed of a loyal cadre of NRM and an open minded legislator. I pray that the security agencies trace these assassins and bring them to face the law. We shall grately miss him", said the SG.
REST IN PEACE HON ABIRIGA!
Communications Officer - NRM