ARUA. Four senior security officers attached to Arua district and West Nile region have been fired over allegations of failing to manage the fracas that ensued during the recently concluded Arua Municipality by-election process.
Mr Peter Debele, the Arua resident district commissioner (RDC) who also doubles as the Arua district security committee chairperson confirmed the development to West Nile Web in a telephone interview on Saturday.
Debele identified his security chiefs who have been recalled from duty as Jonathan Musinguzi, the West Nile regional police commander (RPC), Capt. Elly Tugayine, the Arua district internal security officer (DISO), the regional internal security officer (RISO) West Nile and Abbas Ssenyonjo, the Arua district police commander (DPC).
He said the officers were recalled shortly after the elections on Wednesday. Debele noted that Musinguzi was forced to hand over office to Edward Mugweri, the regional crime intelligence officer West Nile, Tugayine handed over to his deputy, Stephen Dravu while Senyonjo was replaced by Henry Kintu, the former DPC of Masaka district.
The RDC said RISO was replaced with a new officer whom he has not yet met to establish his names.
“I have not seen anything in black and white to justify the action but the officers’ suspension may generally be related to the last concluded Arua Municipality Parliamentary by-election,” Debele said when asked about the cause of the suspension.
It is on record that Arua Municipality Parliamentary by-election which was on Wednesday won by former Terego County MP, Kassiano Ezati Wadri from jail, was marred by violence that culminated into loss of lives.
Several people sustained bullet injuries while Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s driver was shot dead near Pacific hotel in Arua town on Monday August 13, 2018, the last day of campaigns.
Dozens of other people including MPs elect, Wadri, Bobi Wine, Gerrald Karuhanga, Francis Zaake and Mubarak Munyagwa were arrested, tortured and rushed to Gulu where they were charged with treason.
The State alleged that the suspects attacked President Yoweri Museveni by throwing at one of his convoy cars with a stone along Ediofe road as he was heading to Giligili to board his helicopter after campaigning for Nusura Tiperu, the NRM candidate who lost to Wadri.
It is highly suspected that the four officers are paying for the price of the saga which has to date, left the world in utter shock.
The Police spokesperson Mr Emmilian Kayima said he had not yet received official communication in regard to the suspension of police officers but promised to liaise with responsible offices for more information.