Police have arrested three people including National Unity Platform's Kassanda South Member of Parliament Frank Kabuye who was leading the NUP campaigns before deadly clashes with the FDC group at Makerere University on Thursday.
Kabuye is NUP's shadow minister for youth and children affairs.
The clashes resulted in the death of Batungura Bewotti 27, a student of law at Uganda Christian University Kampala Campus and resident of Kikoni Zone B, Makerere 3 Parish Kawempe Division in Kampala.
“It is alleged that during the campaigns a scuffle ensued between two political party supporters that resulted in the stabbing of the deceased by students who were allegedly led by Kabuye Frank among others,” Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire said in a statement.
“It is also alleged that the fight was between the NUP and FDC Political factions. The NUP team led by Kabuye Frank turned violent after a disagreement, leading to the stabbing.”
He noted that on reaching the scene, police found blood stains believed to be for the deceased inside Nsibirwa Hall where he had hidden following the scuffle that later led to his death.
“We have arrested three people whom we believe were part of the chaos. These are Kabuye Frank who is detained at CPS Kampala, Ssekidde Allan currently detained at Wandegeya police station and Kabuurwa Muzafaru who is detained at old Kampala police station.”
Owoyesigyire said efforts are underway to have other suspects traced whereas the deceased’s body has been conveyed to the city mortuary in Mulago for a postmortem report.
“We have cordoned off the area, statements are still being recorded and CCTV footages will be retrieved to aid in the ongoing investigations. More details will be availed as soon as they are available.”
Meanwhile, the Chairperson of Makerere University Mrs. Lorna Magara has on behalf of Council issued a directive to suspend Makerere University Students Guild and the ongoing guild elections, following the deadly clashes. The elections were supposed to take place on Friday 15 July.
The student who is said to have come to show solidarity with his OB was reportedly stabbed using a sharp object believed to be a broken bottle.
The deceased is said to have left his university to canvass support for his FDC friend with whom they studies at Mbarara High School.
However chaos broke out at the Makerere Rugby grounds where all guild candidates were supposed to speak to their voters.
Sources told this website that all the students had gathered to listen to the candidates as is always the practice.