Uganda Police Force Public Relations Officer Emilian Kayima has spoken about what transpired in Arua, revealing more details that could have led to the shooting of Bobi Wine’s driver, Yasin Kawooya on Monday evening as candidates finalized their campaigns ahead of the by-elections slated for Tuesday 14th August.
In the evening hours of Monday 13th August 2018, Bobi Wine’s driver identified as Yasin Kawooya was shot dead by yet to be identified people. Different media reported about how it all happened amidst shootings as security forces looked to disperse off large crowds who blocked the way as president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s convoy left Arua.
Emilian Kayima had this to say to clear the air about the situation in Arua;
At around 6:30pm the president’s motorcade was attacked by hooligans at Prisons Cell in Arua Municipality as the president left Boma Grounds where he had held the last rally for his candidate. One of the president’s lead cars was attacked and smashed by these hooligans that were wearing colors of one of the contestants in this election, Mr Kasiano Wadri.
Security forces quickly intervened to calm down the situation but it became riotous as many were pelting stones at the convoy of the president which is unacceptable.
Unfortunately, in the scuffle one person was fatally injured in motor vehicle registration number UAT 416K, a Tundra. He is believed to be dead but doctors will confirm this and his identities are yet to be known.
— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) August 13, 2018
However it should be noted that earlier in the day at around 4pm, as the president proceeded to Boma Grounds to have his final rally, a grader intercepted his convoy. This grader has since been apprehended and brought to the police station in Arua. Its registration number is UAP 064R, and the motive is clear. It is bound to have intended to commit a crime.
It has been reported again that this grader was wrapped in the same colors as those that were attacking the president’s convoy and those that smashed one of the lead cars at Prisons Cell.
We condemn these acts of violence that do not show how mature we are politically. The scene of crime has been secured and is being managed very well by our police officers on ground. A number of suspects have been arrested to help in the investigations and further details to this situation will be provided on due course.
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