Thursday July 19 2018

Former Bugiri Municipality MP aspirant home raided

Police officers and some of Hajji Siraji

Police officers and some of Hajji Siraji Lyavala’s supporters at his home in Bugiri. PHOTO BY ASUMAN MUSOBYA  

By ASUMAN MUSOBYA

Armed police have on Thursday stormed the home of Hajji Siraji Lyavala Samanya, a former aspirant in the Bugiri municipality elections.

The raid on Mr Lyavala’s home comes after he stepped down last week from the race and pledged his allegiance to Jeema flagbearer, Asuman Basalirwa.
Police and other security organs were heavily deployed along Market Street in Bugiri Town to block Mr Lyavala from attending a Jeema rally that was organized at Busoga University playground located along Saza Road.

Meddie Lyavala, the son to Mr Lyavala told Daily Monitor that a group of police officers stormed their home and disappeared with his father.
“Some of the police officers were bodyguards of NRM secretary general, Justine Kasule Lumumba,” Lyavala Junior alleged.
By press time, police, using teargas, were seen dispersing supporters and residents along Market Street where Mr Lyavala’s home is located.
This development comes after angry youths on Wednesday accused President Museveni of failing to fulfill his pledges.

During a meeting held at Savanah Hotel, the youths reminded government of the heifers and Youth Livelihood Funds (YLF) before they vote for NRM candidates within the (Bugiri) municipality.
Ms Lumumba had today organized a meeting with the district NRM leadership to plan how the campaigns, left with six days, should be conducted ahead of the July 27 polling date.
NRM spokesperson, Mr Rogers Mulindwa said six people had been arrested for disrupting Ms Lumumba's meeting.

"The group mainly compromising young people walked into the venue shouting the slogans supportive to Asuman Basalirwa, an opposition candidate for the Parliamentary seat. They also carried his posters. The NRM flag bearer for the same position John Francis Oketcho was among those attending the meeting," he said.
President Museveni is expected in Bugiri on July 24 to drum up support for the NRM party flag bearers.

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