Residents Recount MP Abiriga's Last Moments Top story

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Annet Nakazzi, another resident says Abiriga waved to children while driving in his yellow Volkswagen car with his bodyguard and promised to return after breaking his fast not knowing that he was driving in an ambush.

Residents of Kayi-kirinyabwogi village in Kawanda in Nansana Municipality in Wakiso district are still in shock following the gruesome assassination of the Arua Municipality Member of Parliament, Ibrahim Abiriga.

 
The MP, who shot to fame when he triggered debate on the removal of the presidential age limit, was gunned down together with his bodyguard on Friday night enroot to his residence in Matuga. Abiriga's neighbors remember the slain legislator as a friendly person, saying he could hardly pass any resident without stopping to greet or chat with them.

 
Jennifer Namuli, a resident of Kayi-kirinyabwogi village, says as his routine, Abiriga would return home each Friday at around 5pm. She says children would line up the road ever evening to wait for Abiriga and welcome him with songs.

 
In turn, the slain legislator would give them some money, which created a bond with the kids, their parents and other community members.
 

//Cue in: "Muntu waffe
Cue out….wetulabidde awo"//


Annet Nakazzi, another resident says Abiriga waved to children while driving in his yellow Volkswagen car with his bodyguard and promised to return after breaking his fast not knowing that he was driving in an ambush.
 
 
//Cue in :  "amasisi tugawulidde
Cue out…..naye muntu mulamu,"//
 

Another resident living close to where the MP was shot told URN on condition of anonymity that she saw the gunmen. "There were two men riding on a boda boda and had big guns. In fact I had never seen them before, and when they fired bullets we all had to hide, bullets were many and I couldn't count them," she said.
 
 
//cue in : "nze mbadde mubuloka
Cue out…..agudde ku stearing"//  


Residents say although there is police post a few meters from the scene of crime, the first officer arrived almost 40 minutes after the shooting. More police officers started arriving at the scene after 8pm and cordoned it off to give a lee way to the forensic analysts to do their job. 

 
The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigire, says police and sister agencies have already commenced investigations to track down the assassins.