President Museveni on Monday instructed Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo to investigate reports that the four people arrested and charged of arson in Kanungu on July 21 were framed for political reasons, reliable sources have said.
The Observer reported on Wednesday that an ordinary case of arson had turned political after the owner of the burnt amusement park, Benson Karabareme (aka Karabu), told police the incident was politically motivated. He told police that the four suspects, Ally Rugomwa, Drake Atukunda, David Turyatemba and Aziz Niwamanya, torched the park because they were unhappy with his change of political allegiance from Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to President Museveni.
The four, who were released on bail on Monday and on of them rearrested, are known political mobilisers of Mbabazi. The prime minister told Parliament on Wednesday that he had been troubled by the arrests and questioned the police’s mode of operation.
Our sources told us that Kigongo, the NRM first national vice-chairperson, is expected in Kanungu tomorrow. He will meet the suspects, district leaders and security officials. One of the suspects, Drake Atukunda, confirmed he had received a phone call from Kigongo informing him about his visit.
Meanwhile on Thursday, there was an uneasy calm in Kihiihi, following the deployment of hundreds of uniformed and plain-clothes policemen. They are under the command of Rosemary Olive Wawire, the Kigezi regional police commander. Some of the residents said they had been unsettled by the deployment.
“We are scared and we don’t know if there is a curfew because every night has become a nightmare; we are forced to close early yet we have to work and raise school fees for our children,” a bar-owner in Kihiihi town, who declined to be named, said.
But Elly Matte, the Kigezi region police spokesman, said the deployment was a normal routine crime prevention exercise. A security source, however, told this reporter that policemen were ferried from as far as Kabale, Rukungiri and Ntungamo to beef up the force in Kihiihi.
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