“Ale leleko” – translated to “We don’t Want Yellow!”.
Today, the casket of Hon. Ibrahim Abiriga arrived to Arua Airfield and was ready for the citizens to have the public burial of their Member of Parliament. This is just mere days after the assassination of him. Therefore, the public was tense before his casket came there. The public is mourning and worried as their MP came home.
What was sad that the army sent 10 trucks of soldiers from Bondo Army Barracks, who where there to takeover Arua town before the ceremony. There is no redemption from this, as the burial became bloody. Not only destruction of plastic chairs. But the soldiers shot bullet into the air. That in a burial of an MP ended up in more dead. That is really just sad, that in Arua two more people is reported dead. Two more people died because of the burial of Abiriga.
The people of Arua chased away possibly Funeral Workers from Kampala who spoke Luganda. Also beat on Journalists. These was tense youth, who struggles with the death of their MP. They didn’t even want to see the Yellow Color and anything associated with it. There is reports that Abiriga’s relatives have seek refuge at the Arua Police Station.
As reported from Arua:
“We the Arua people don’t move the bodies of our loved ones in cars,we carry them and walk wherever we have to go,it took them too long to realise,that van would reach the venue at midnight” (…) “He has always been a hero to Arua people, HATE is an understatement for what they feel for NRM, but Abiriga has always won the votes despite being NRM because he loved his people more than the money”.
This is sentiment from Arua itself. Not just some random person saying it. The mourners did take the casket out of the car. Because they wanted a walking procession, not a slow-downed drive to the funeral. The locals wanted to celebrate their hero and pay their respects properly. They are also tense, because the NRM would destroy the affair. There is also reports that the A-Persons Funeral Services got the other bodies taken away from them too. That is why the army and the violence appeared.
Yellow cars got burned, everything yellow burned in Arua. Motorcycles everything. The youth have really showed their anger and reacted to the affair.
They don’t want yellow now and is tired of it, as they didn’t take care of their representative.
So what we know after today’s violence. We can wonder if the Security and Army will act as swiftly tomorrow. As they went on rampage and the locals chased the police and journalists away. The affair went from celebrating their slain hero, into sad tragic event, no one worthy. The saddest part is that the public have even more people to mourn. As people got shot and killed by soldiers today.
This is a sad way of ending a life and the day before the burial. As the people wanted to celebrate the end of their MP’s life. Abiriga really got the people’s heart, more than we the outsider could understand.
Therefore – Ale leleko. Peace.