Police in Butaleja district have deployed at three homes of Ugandaâ€™s Ambassador to Tanzania, Dorothy Hyuha, after a group of youth threatened to attack them shortly after the death of MP Cerinah Nebanda Arioru. When the news of Nebandaâ€™s death reached Butaleja district, Hyuhaâ€™s supporters are said to have burnt tyres in what appeared to be a sign of celebration.
Nebanda, the Butaleja Woman Member of Parliament passed away at around 8:00pm on Friday under unclear circumstances at a hospital in Nsambya, where she was rushed after collapsing.
Jacob Wangolo, the MP for Bunyole West in Butaleja, told Uganda Radio Network that the deceased was attending a workshop in Munyonyo but developed complications a few hours after she ate lunch. He said she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital where she died.
Wangolo said the people who took her to the hospital abandoned her and disappeared.
The 24-year-old legislator was voted into the Ninth Parliament in February 2011, defeating Hyuha, who was then Minister without Portfolio and NRM party deputy secretary general.
When the news of Nebanda’s death reached Butaleja district, Hyuha’s supporters are said to have burnt tyres in what appeared to be a sign of celebration. According to Vincent Otyeng, the Butaleja CID officer youths believed to be Hyuha’s supporters started celebrating by burning tyres on the road. Police rushed in and dispersed them. Police remained deployed in the area as tension remains high.
A Uganda Radio Network reporter in the area says Hyuha’s three homes located in Busabi, Masamasa and Himutu Sub Counties respectively, are now being guarded by armed policemen, who are also doing foot patrols around the neighbouring areas.
In Wandegeya village, Himutu Sub County, a group of angry yout, believed to be Nebanda’s supporters had planned to go and attack Hyuha’s home but police got information and rushed and deployed there.
In Kachonga village, Masamasa Sub County, police deployed this morning following reports that angry supporters of Nebanda were planning to raid the home and burn it.
Otyeng says they have deployed police in all the main trading centres in the district where he says tension remains high between rival supporters.
At Nebanda’s home, family members are holding meetings to plan for burial arrangements.
Fred Mukasa, the deceased legislator’s father says the body is currently at Mulago Hospital for autopsy, after which it will be taken to her home in Entebbe.
Since joining parliament in May 2011, Nebanda has been part of the “rebel MPs”, a term used to describe young, independent-minded NRM legislators who always opposed the official party position on contentious issues. In the recent oil debate, she was one of the vocal MPs who wanted Clause 9 of the Petroleum Bill to be amended so as to reduce the powers of the Energy Minister.