Museveni Wants Kanungu Shootings Investigated

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President Yoweri Museveni has ordered investigations in the shooting and injuring of two supporters of Kinkiizi East MP Dr. Chris Baryomunsi by police and the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF).

President Yoweri Museveni has ordered investigations in the shooting and injuring of two supporters of Kinkiizi East MP Dr. Chris Baryomunsi by police and the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF).

Two people were shot and injured seriously on New Year’s Day as Police and the UPDF soldiers tried to stop supporters of the Kinkiizi East MP Dr Baryomunsi from matching to Kanungu Playground from Rugyeyo Sub County, to protest his arrest. Police says that it was trying to stop an illegal procession.

The incident sparked off bitter reactions from the locals and leaders in Kanungu and deepened the rift between the pro- Baryomunsi camp and that which backs the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

A team of 70 people from Kanungu district on January 10 met with the President Museveni at his home in Rwakitura in an effort to calm down the standoff between the two legislators.

Kanungu leaders who include the district chairperson, Josephine Kasya, asked Museveni to task the police to explain the reasons behind the shooting and injuring of two people who were part of a group that had gathered to welcome Baryomunsi from prison. Baryomunsi had been arrested in connection with utterances he made following the death of Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda on December 14.

The leaders also expressed disappointment towards the government over the delayed tarmacking of the Rukungiri –Kanungu – Ishasha Road.

According to reliable sources that attended the meeting, Kanungu leaders traded accusations before the president saying that the confusion between Premier Mbabazi and Dr Baryomunsi have stalled service delivery in the district.

Now the confusion in Kanungu has prompted the president to order investigations into the shootings as well as the political standoff.
 
Kanungu District Police Commander Edison Muhangi says that the two locals shot and injured on January 1, were not shot by Police. Muhangi says that the shooting was done by a UPDF soldier who was among those deployed to back the police despite being stopped by the commander. Muhangi says that the UPDF officer who he did not mention, defied his orders and went ahead to open fire on the procession.
 
 Emmanuel Magezi, the district councilor for Kanungu town council, says that there is an urgent need to resolve the wrangles between Baryomunsi and Mbabazi who also doubles as the Kinkiizi West MP.

Frank Byaruhanga, a district councillor for Mpungu Sub County, says that the district has gone to the dogs by as the leaders only spend time in trading accusations instead of focusing on development.

Byaruhanga says that there is need for the leaders to rather focus on important issues affecting the locals in the district instead of fostering their personal interests. He says that the locals are stuck with their produce such as tea which cannot be transported to the factories.

 Reliable sources from Kanungu district Security Committee indicate that the president has chosen a team of people to handle the investigations into the shootings as requested by Dr Baryomunsi and his supporters.

Police and Kanungu district security committee have since then apologized for the incidences.