Museveni meets Kanungu leaders to ease tensions
Posted Monday, July 28 2014 at 01:00
President Museveni and the NRM party vice chairperson, Hajj Moses Kigongo, have separately met two groups of people from Kanungu to diffuse the raging political tensions in the district.
The President met six people, including three of the four suspects accused of torching business premises of Mr Benson Karabareme in Kihiihi Town recently.
Mr Museveni met the group at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura District last Friday.
The suspects include Mr Ali Rugomwa, the Kanungu NRM vice chairperson, Mr Drake Ankunda, an ISO official from Kihiiho Town Council and Mr David Turyatemba, a businessman in Kihiihi.
The President is said to have met the trio together with the Resident District Commissioner, Mr Martin Mugabi, Mr Karabaremire and Ms Adah Nasiima, the Kihiihi LC5 councillor.
The accused, together with Mr Aziz Nuwamanya, a boda body cyclist in Kihiihi Town, had been charged with arson and presented before the Chief Magistrates Court. They denied the charges and were recently released on bail.
However, Mr Nuwamanya, who police say is the key suspect and had told the investigators that the three hired him to burn Amusement Park, a hangout on Rukungiri Road, was rearrested after they secured bail.
Hajj Kigongo and the East African Legislative Assembly MP, Ms Dora Byamukama, met district party officials at the weekend.
Mr Rugomwa is quoted to have told the meeting chaired by Hajji Kigongo that: “The President said the matter should end there and that (IGP Kale) Kayihura should stop pursuing it. That it is creating unrest among the people. He asked that people of Kanungu to remain calm and united.”
He added: “The President asked us to tell you that the issues between him and Mr Mbabazi are theirs and should be left only to them.”
While answering questions from MPs in Parliament last week, Mr Mbabazi said the four suspects are “closely” associated with him and their arrest appeared to be a “frame up.”
In reference to the alleged framing of three NRM leaders, Hajj Kigongo reportedly told the leaders that political tensions were being entrenched by leaders who are pushing others. “He asked the leaders to be honest, trust worthy and examples to the people they lead,” said one of the leaders who attended the meeting but preferred to remain anonymous.