Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga has been shot dead together with his driver and bodyguard near his home in Kawanda.
Abiriga, who was famous for his love for the ruling party, National Resistance Movement and President Museveni was gunned down this evening by unknown gunmen reportedly riding on motorcycles in a style similar to the way former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi was killed last year.
Graphic images circulating on social media indicate that Abiriga was gunned down while inside his yellow Volkswagen Beetle vehicle.
His last public appearance was at the presentation of the State of The Nation Address on Wednesday, in his trademark yellow Kaunda suit matched with yellow shoes.
“It is a very unfortunate evening where I had to confirm the assassination of the Hon. Ibrahim Abiriga. He was killed near his home in Kawanda, Wakiso District,” Police Spokesman Emilian Kayima said.
Abiriga was one of the champions for the recent constitutional amendment for the removal of the presidential age from the constitution.
“The Speaker @RebeccaKadaga has learnt with shock of the shooting & death of Arua Municipality MP, Hon Ibrahim Abiriga and sends her condolences to the family, the people of Arua and the country at large. She urges the security agencies to start investigations immediately,” a tweet posted on the parliament handle reads.
The shooting comes just a day after President Yoweri Museveni assured Ugandans that the government will defeat masterminds of the new wave of what he called urban terrorism activities like kidnaps and murder. Museveni added that the government had put in place mechanisms to build the intelligence gathering capacity in towns and along major highways.
Abiriga served as the Resident District Commissioner for Arua District for 12 years since 2001 before he was transferred to Yumbe in the same position. He resigned from the post to contest for a parliamentary seat, which he won in February 2016.
However, his election was contested by his main challenger, Musema Mudathir Bruce, a member of the opposition Forum For Democratic Change on the basis of lack of academic documents.
His challengers have maintained that Abiriga did not have an advanced level certificate, the minimum education requirement for anyone contesting for a parliamentary seat