The Parliament of Uganda will have a special session on Sunday to pay special tribute to the Arua Municipality MP, Hon. Col. Ibrahim Abiriga who was assassinated on Friday evening.
In her message to Members of Parliament on Saturday morning, Jane Kibirige, Clerk to Parliament said the session will start at 9am.
“The Clerk to Parliament informs the Members of Parliament that there will be a sitting on Sunday at 9am to pay tribute to the late Arua Municipality MP. Hon Ibrahim Abiriga. The body of the late will be brought to the House. May his soul RIP,” announcement to Members of Parliament reads.
On Friday, Abiriga, 62, and his bodyguard identified as Said Kongo, 48, were gunned down by unknown assailants from Kirinnyabigo, Kawanda in Wakiso district.
He was gunned in his darling Vintage car number UBB 107D (yellow in color).
On Friday, few minutes after his killing, some Legislators and opposition leaders made early eulogies.
President Museveni who ensured Abiriga was nominated to contest for Arua Municipality MP seat amid legal action by his rival, said: “I have received news about the senseless killing of Arua Municipality MP, Hon Ibrahim Abiriga, and his bodyguard on the outskirts of Kampala this evening,” Museveni said in a statement later. I have tasked security agencies to expeditiously find these killers and the nation will be updated soon. This urban criminality is going to stop. May his soul rest in peace.”
Kizza Besigye, Uganda’s key opposition figure said: “TRAGIC! Uganda’s insecurity affects upper &bottom rungs of society equally & brutally! Security systems are clearly dysfunctional. A new start is necessary. My thoughts &prayers go to Hon Abiriga’s family, relatives &friends. Inna lillahi wa inna illahi raj’un.”
Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winfred Kiiza: “I say sorry to the people of Arua Municipality and Uganda at large. He has been a man of few words and a morale boaster for us at Parliament. I wonder why one would target Abiriga to kill him because as far as I know, he had no grudges against anyone. It is unfortunate that Hon Abiriga has died the way it has happened but we appeal to the security agencies to wake-up and save this country from such kind of murders.”
NRM Secretary General Kasule Lumumba eulogized Abiriga thus: “Here at the headquarters of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party in Kampala, we are in receipt of the shocking news of the brutal murder of Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Hon Ibrahim Abiriga. Information reaching us this Friday evening indicates that the NRM legislator was gunned down in Kawanda just a few metres to his home.” Hon. Abiriga has been a staunch member of NRM whose loyalty to the Party was well known to all concerned. He hasn’t only been a loyal member but supportive to all initiatives of the NRM government. The Secretary General of NRM Rt. Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba has described the incident by these brutal assassins as being a ‘big robbery to the Party’ we are robbed of a loyal cadre of NRM and an open minded legislator. I pray that the security agencies trace these assassins and bring them to face the law. We shall greatly miss him”, Rest In Peace Hon Abiriga.
MP Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) said: “The gruesome murder of Hon. Col. Ibrahim Abiriga and his bodyguard this evening is yet another sad reminder that our country is in a very serious crisis. Countrymen, countrywomen, when we condemn the breakdown of the state in Uganda, some people think we are doing this for political reasons. My friends, as we can see, the breakdown of the state spares no one. It affects all of us regardless of our religion, political parties, economic status, etc. My friend Ronald Mayinja was right when he recently sang, ‘bizeemu.’ Our nation is gradually descending into a very bad place and I think we must all- as stakeholders, have a say in preventing this terrible situation from continuing or getting worse. Let me appeal to the government once more to acknowledge that we have reached that point when we must have an honest conversation as a nation and find a way out of this crisis. No matter whom we are and what our political persuasions are, no Ugandan should lose his or her life in this gruesome, senseless manner. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.”
Democratic Party President, Norbet Mao mourned Abiriga, saying, “I have learnt with shock of the murder of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga. I convey my sincere condolences to his family, the parliament of Uganda and the entire country. Here is a man who spoke straight and what you saw was what you got. I condemn this murder.”