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Gunfire greets arrival of MP Abiriga’s body in Arua

Sustained gunfire greeted the arrival of slain Arua municipality Member of Parliament Col. Ibrahim Abiriga (Rtd) on Sunday as security forces clashed with wild youths.

Sustained gunfire greeted the arrival of slain Arua municipality Member of Parliament Col. Ibrahim Abiriga (Rtd) on Sunday as security forces clashed with wild youths.

The youths chanted “we don’t want yellow” apparently castigating the ruling National Resistance party’s symbolic colour and waved the opposition Forum for Democratic Change’s V sign.

They burned one police motorcycle and forced the security detail that accompanied the body from Arua airfield to Anyafio cell, where Mr Abiriga had a home to withdraw.

Along the procession, the youths overwhelmed the security detail and grabbed the body from the transporting ambulance which they then carried on their shoulders while shouting Islamic chants.

police motorcycle set ablaze

A police motorcycle set ablaze by rowdy youths in Arua town in chaotic arrival of late Hon. Ibrahim Abiriga’s body

Upon reaching home, the rowdy crowd described by the Arua Resident district commissioner Peter Dibele as an organized group of hooligans started destroying everything yellow including the plastic chairs and utensils.

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The violence forced a heavy reinforcement of police by the Uganda Peoples Defence forces who responded with heavy gunfire to take back control of the town but also causing earlier closure of the shops and business centres.

Several people injured in the fracas including one reportedly hit by a stray bullet in the stomach were rushed to Arua hospital.

Mr Abiriga died in a gory assassination on Friday evening when gunmen sprayed his yellow vehicle with bullets killing both the legislator and his younger brother and bodyguard late Saidi Butele.

Survived by a widow Sijali Abiriga and 10 children, Maj Abiriga will be accorded a state burial on Monday in a funeral at his ancestral village in Rhino Camp that President Yoweri Museveni has confirmed attendance as chief mourner.

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