Two unknown men on a motorcycle went an assassinated Ibrahim Abiriga, the Arua Member of Parliament for the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and his bodyguard. As they have shot bullets into his car as he was on his way on this Friday the 8th June 2018. Again, another big-man get taken out by motorcyclists with guns ambushing someone on the way home. They killed him on the Gulu Highway on the way home to his Kawanda home in Wakiso District. This time it was a prominent MP and who was a vocal supporter of the Movement. But, alas something is wrong when people like this get taken away.
Not that support any of the ideas or ideals that Abiriga stands for, still I never wants his kind to die. That is not the just way. This is just wrong. Period. That someone fires bullets at a politician and a representative is wrong. To kill his guard is wrong. Everything about this tale is wrong. Thou shall not kill. It is a very simple commandment, but for some hard to follow.
Abiriga is the Yellow Man, the Yellow Fellow. The big-man and the voice of Museveni for many. He was so pro, that he was having a yellow car and all yellow clothes. As he was one of the noisy supporters of the cause. Now he is shot dead and gone.
That this can happen and usually get unresolved, the same happen to former AIGP Andrew Kaweesi and to this day. We still have no clear answers or indication into who ordered, payed and did the deed back-then. Now we have similar affair, but instead of leaving his home for duty. Someone went for Abiriga on his way home. This is just sad. The deteriorating state of security. The lack of safety and the opportunity to get rid of someone like this.
However, this here is deliberate killings, there we’re two hooded persons, who was motorcycle driving with the intent to assassinate Abiriga. You don’t do this sort of thing without careful planning. Therefore, someone knew of this and knew his car well. His yellow suits, so if someone wanted to carry this out. They would easily spot him and being able to follow him. They must have monitored him, before they ended his life.
What can for certainly know is that the NRM and the President is going to use this, to again proclaim CCTV Cameras and other bold statements to secure the investigation. But when coming to delivering that. It will be lackluster and lack of delivering up to promise. Neither have I faith that the investigation or individuals behind the murder will get caught. Since other killers has gotten away with it, just like the kidnappers do too.
These senseless killings, the sudden end of life and the death of the innocent is just sad. We might disagree with the NRM and their ways, but we don’t want them dead. We want to seek other means to get a peaceful transition in the future. This here is just wrong on all levels. All assassinations like these are wrong. You cannot say otherwise.
That unknown men on motorcycles can ambush and assassinate someone is a worrying sign. That they can get away and not be caught is also worrying. All of this is just the meager state of security, that even MPs can be touched and taken away. They can be left astray and left in limbo. The state doesn’t have the ability to secure their passage and their lives.
Abiriga, I disagreed on almost everything you stand-for and everything you did. But you didn’t deserve to end this way. This is a betrayal of the state and their institutions, that you ended this way. No one should get this final goodbye. No one should get this final goodbye. This is not the way to do it. Peace.