ARUA. The heated campaigns for the by-election to get a successor to the assassinated former Arua municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga has ended on a chaotic note with the fatal shooting of one person, a driver to Kyadondo East MP Mr Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine during a fracas with police.

“Police has shot my driver dead thinking they have shot at me, my hotel is now cordoned off by police and Special Forces,” Mr Kyagulanyi posted on his twitter page.

The driver has been identified as Mr Yasin Kawuma but the security agents proceeded to detain the independent candidate Mr Kassiano Wadri for whom Mr Kyagulanyi had come to drum up support and other key campaign team members.

Mr Wadri in a brief telephone conversation with the West Nile Web confirmed the shooting and their detention but could not offer further detailed information.

The shooting happened shortly after 6:00pm near hotel Pacific on Monday as the military and police fired teargas canisters and live bullets to disperse opposition processions and rallies.

The rallies were deemed to have lasted past the 6:00pm closing time stipulated by the electoral commission.

The regional police commander Jonathan Musinguzi had warned beforehand that late campaigns and street processions that characterised the three weeks exercise would not be allowed on the last day.

However when President Yoweri Museveni was speaking during the rally for National Resistance Movement flag bearer Ms Nusura Tiperu at the Arua Hill boma grounds, demanded that police and security agents take action to stop people he said are causing violence against innocent ones during campaigns.

museveni nusuraPresident Museveni greets Ms Nusura Tiperu and other candidates who lost to her in NRM parliamentary primaries. PHOTO BY RIMILIAH AMANDU

President Museveni first urged the people of Arua municipality to elect Ms Tiperu in the Wednesday polls.

“The late Abiriga was a hard worker who linked me with different women groups in the municipality, now send me this lady Nusura Tiperu to continue what he started,” Mr Museveni urged.

The president said people should not waste “development time” voting for the opposition candidates.

“I hear my friend Kassiano Wadri is telling lies that he will force me to develop West Nile, he wanted me to give Terego a district but I held it back, now he is here; those of you who want to recycle Kassiano, I wish you luck,” a smiling Museveni told the voters.

Shortly thereafter Mr Museveni changed tone to talk tough. He warned the opposition against violence saying they are using a “wrong calculator and do not know what they are playing with.”
He reminded those who want to cause violence that all those involved in the recently concluded Bugiri municipality election violence will be arrested and warned those in Arua with such similar intentions to back down or risk sharing the same fate with the Bugiri culprits.

Mr Museveni who is also the commander of the armed forces vowed to go for police officers who do not stop wrong doers from attacking innocent people.

He ordered that those who are tired of their jobs should leave way for young people.

After tackling Mr Wadri and his team, the joint security operation team moved to cut short DR Kizza Besigye who was giving a speech at Arua Primary school play grounds during the final act to push for support for Forum for Democratic Change candidate Mr Bruce Musema and disperse the supporters.

Besigye Musema campaignDr. Kizza Besigye wrapping up campaigns for FDC candidate Bruce Musema at Arua primary school play grounds on Monday. PHOTO BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU

However moments later the Bruce supporters regrouped to march through the town with music blazing in support of Dr Besigye as the police and military restrained themselves from further confrontation.

Dr Besigye said before his interruption by the shooting that he came into the campaigns to support Mr Musema whom he said was a victim of injustice.

“Mr Musema was FDC flag bearer in 2016 and I believe he won. But because the result did not favour him he went to high court and then the court of appeal. He incurred debts because he was fighting to protect your votes, instead of supporting him a senior member who has been in FDC came to contest against him,” he said referring to Mr Wadri.

“I thought this was injustice similar to the injustice by NRM which I have been fighting. I will fight injustice of any kind even if I am alone,” he said to the “boom” reply of teargas shooting.