Maj. Ibrahim Abiriga, the Arua Municipality Member of Parliament and a staunch backer of the controversial move that culminated into the removal of presidential age limit from the Ugandan constitution has been killed by unknown gunmen in Kampala.
He was returning home in Kawanda, a Kampala suburb when assassins sprayed his yellow vehicle with bullets killing both the legislator and the bodyguard.
The tragic killing has prompted a flurry of social media posts with some mocking and others mourning.
Mr Alfred Owiny Thopachu, a statehouse staff who hails from the same West Nile region as the slain legislator confirmed the tragic incident, expressing his sadness.
The foreign affairs state minister Mr Henry Okello Oryem mourned: “Rest in peace, Hon Abiriga. He was a real patriot and true statesman. My prayers go out to his family and friends in Arua.”
Before making it to parliament after defeating four opponents, Mr Abiriga had served as the resident district commissioner for Yumbe and Arua districts after President Yoweri Museveni accepted proposal from late former Vice president Gen. Mustafa Adrisi to appoint him.
A veteran of disbanded Uganda Army under former president Idi Amin Mr Abiriga joined the Uganda National Rescue Front under the current deputy premier Gen Moses Ali.
The rebel group that mainly operated in the West Nile region struck an understanding with Mr Museveni’s then National Resistance Army and when Mr Museveni shot his way to power in 1986 the bulk of the UNRF combatants were absorbed into the national army but Mr Abiriga was not.
Former Forum For Democratic Change President Dr Kizz Besisigye wrote on his twitter handle “TRAGIC! Uganda's insecurity affects upper &bottom rungs of society equally &brutally! Security systems are clearly dysfunctional. A new start necessary. My thoughts &prayers go to Hon Abiriga's family, relatives &friends. Inna lillahi wa inna illahi raj'un