Social media declares Museveni car vandalisation a bluff

Tuesday August 14 2018
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A photo montage of President Museveni and the car that was reportedly vandalised. Social media users have called the vandalisation reports a bluff. COURTESY PHOTO

Social media users have called reports from Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima and senior presidential press secretary Don Wanyama about the alleged vandalising of President Museveni’s lead convoy car a lie, packaged to portray members of the opposition in a negative light.

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President Museveni’s car vandalised in Arua

Tuesday August 14 2018

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A car belonging to President Museveni's motorcade was reportedly vandalised and its hind screen shattered in the chaos and gun fire that rocked Arua town on Monday evening.

Police spokesman Emilian Kayima, in a statement released to the press, said that the president's motorcade was attacked in Arua. This was after security forces reportedly fired live bullets to disperse opposition supporters who were marching in the town.

Mr Kayima was giving a “situation report” following reports that a one Yasin Kawuma - who was driver of Kyaddondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine - had been shot dead in Arua town.

Bobi Wine is in Arua to campaign for independent candidate Kassiano Wadri.

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Gun fire rocks Arua town as security forces disperse crowds

Monday August 13 2018

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Security forces on Monday evening fired live bullets to disperse opposition supporters who were marching on Dorcus Inzikuru Street in Arua town.

Some bullets reportedly hit and killed Yasin Kawuma, who was driving the car of Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament (MP), Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.
Four people were also reportedly injured in the chaos.

However, Arua Resident District Commissioner, Mr Peter Dibele could not confirm the death or the number of people who were injured.
“I only heard gunshots and my officers are still gathering information. I am also getting it on the media and I can’t confirm about the deaths,” he said.

Mr Kyagulanyi later posted a picture of the seemingly lifeless Kawuma on his twitter account.

Trouble started after different candidates were marching to their respective offices with supporters after campaign rallies ahead of the Wednesday by-election to choose a new Arua Municipality MP.

Supporters of Mr Kassiano Wadri, an opposition-leaning candidate were marching ahead of supporters of Ms Nusura Tiperu, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate when security forces shot at Mr Wadri’s group, forcing them to disperse as most ran for their lives.
The group retaliated by hurling stones at the security forces.

Mr Kyagulanyi is one of the politicians who were in the town to campaign for Mr Wadri. President Yoweri Museveni was also in Arua to campaign for Ms Tiperu.
The Arua Municipality MP seat fell vacant after the assisinatoon of MP Ibrahim Abiriga in June.

The MP was soon after also reportedly picked up by security personnel, and his whereabouts are currently unknown. Some journalists, too, are reportedly missing.

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Bobi Wine’s family in fear as driver is shot dead in Arua

Tuesday August 14 2018

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The family of Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine is in fear and shock after his Driver Yasiin Kawuma was shot dead in Arua on Monday evening.
In a post on her Facebook Page, Bobi Wine’s wife Barbara Kyagulanyi Itungo alias Barbie said she had no idea where her husband and the team of seven people were, as all their phones were unreachable.
“Friends and Family; it’s a dark night tonight. As you all know, our driver has been shot dead in Arua. It’s a very sad day today,” the post reads in part.
“I have no idea where my husband and a team of about seven of his people are at the moment, we have lost touch. All their phones are not reachable and we are all watching out the window to see or hear the next news coming in” she added.

Mr Kyagulanyi had earlier posted on his twitter account, a picture of the seemingly lifeless Kawuma.

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Gun fire rocks Arua town as security forces disperse crowds

Monday August 13 2018

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Security forces on Monday evening fired live bullets to disperse opposition supporters who were marching on Dorcus Inzikuru Street in Arua town.

Some bullets reportedly hit and killed Yasin Kawuma, who was driving the car of Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament (MP), Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.
Four people were also reportedly injured in the chaos.

However, Arua Resident District Commissioner, Mr Peter Dibele could not confirm the death or the number of people who were injured.
“I only heard gunshots and my officers are still gathering information. I am also getting it on the media and I can’t confirm about the deaths,” he said.

Mr Kyagulanyi later posted a picture of the seemingly lifeless Kawuma on his twitter account.

Trouble started after different candidates were marching to their respective offices with supporters after campaign rallies ahead of the Wednesday by-election to choose a new Arua Municipality MP.

Supporters of Mr Kassiano Wadri, an opposition-leaning candidate were marching ahead of supporters of Ms Nusura Tiperu, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate when security forces shot at Mr Wadri’s group, forcing them to disperse as most ran for their lives.
The group retaliated by hurling stones at the security forces.

Mr Kyagulanyi is one of the politicians who were in the town to campaign for Mr Wadri. President Yoweri Museveni was also in Arua to campaign for Ms Tiperu.
The Arua Municipality MP seat fell vacant after the assisinatoon of MP Ibrahim Abiriga in June.

Trouble started after different candidates were marching to their respective offices with supporters after campaign rallies ahead of Wednesday by-election to choose Arua Municipality Member of Parliament.

On Dorcus Inzikuru Street, supporters of Mr Kassiano Wadri Kassiano, an Opposition leaning candidate, were marching ahead of supporters of Ms Nusura Tiperu, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate.

Suddenly, gun shots were fired on Mr Wadri’s group, forcing them to scatter.

The group retaliated by hurling stones at security forces.

Mr Kyagulanyi is one of the politicians who were in the town to campaign for Mr Wadri. President Yoweri Museveni also campaigned for Ms Tiperu.

Kayima’s statement reads: “I want to give a situation report of what transpired this evening in Arua as all candidates finalised the campaigns to the elections of Wednesday, August 15 2018. 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 donning colours of one of the contestants in this election Mister Kassiano Wadri. Security forces quickly intervened to calm down the situation, and the situation became riotous as many were pelting stones at the convoy of the president, which is unacceptable. However it should be noted that earlier in the day, at about 4pm, as the president proceed to Boma Ground, a grader intercepted his convoy again, and this grader has since been apprehended and brought to police station in Arua. The grader is UAP 064 R.

“The motive is clear. It is bound to have to been intended to commit a crime. It should be noted that this grader was wrapped in the colours as those that were attacking and those smashed one of the lead cars at prison 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 the ground and the situation has been contained. A number of suspects have been arrested to help with investigations. Details on this situation will be provided in due course,” the statement said.

The Arua Municipality MP seat fell vacant after the assassination of MP Ibrahim Abiriga in June.

Mr Wanyama posted a picture of the car with the caption, “The President's car that was attacked by opposition supporters, smashing the hind window, this evening in Arua town. The police will issue a detailed statement on this incident.”
Mr Kayima later said that a group of Arua Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) candidate Kassiano Wadri’s supporters pelted stones at the car shattering its hind window.

However many social media users have trashed these allegations questioning how a car assumed to be bullet-proof could get smashed by mere stones.

Mr Wanyama’s posts on both Twitter and Facebook have been widely shared with many questioning his comments since last night.
“Maybe it is made by Chinese. People have been told lies for so long. How can a mere stone break the windscreen of a bullet proof vehicle?” Deus Turyamureeba, a Facebook user, questioned while a one Sheryl Incorporated thought the car ‘story’ should be made the joke of the year.

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Bobi Wine’s family in fear as driver is shot dead in Arua

Tuesday August 14 2018

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The family of Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine is in fear and shock after his Driver Yasiin Kawuma was shot dead in Arua on Monday evening.
In a post on her Facebook Page, Bobi Wine’s wife Barbara Kyagulanyi Itungo alias Barbie said she had no idea where her husband and the team of seven people were, as all their phones were unreachable.
“Friends and Family; it’s a dark night tonight. As you all know, our driver has been shot dead in Arua. It’s a very sad day today,” the post reads in part.
“I have no idea where my husband and a team of about seven of his people are at the moment, we have lost touch. All their phones are not reachable and we are all watching out the window to see or hear the next news coming in” she added.

Mr Kyagulanyi had earlier posted on his twitter account, a picture of the seemingly lifeless Kawuma.

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Gun fire rocks Arua town as security forces disperse crowds

Monday August 13 2018

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Security forces on Monday evening fired live bullets to disperse opposition supporters who were marching on Dorcus Inzikuru Street in Arua town.

Some bullets reportedly hit and killed Yasin Kawuma, who was driving the car of Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament (MP), Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.
Four people were also reportedly injured in the chaos.

However, Arua Resident District Commissioner, Mr Peter Dibele could not confirm the death or the number of people who were injured.
“I only heard gunshots and my officers are still gathering information. I am also getting it on the media and I can’t confirm about the deaths,” he said.

Mr Kyagulanyi later posted a picture of the seemingly lifeless Kawuma on his twitter account.

Trouble started after different candidates were marching to their respective offices with supporters after campaign rallies ahead of the Wednesday by-election to choose a new Arua Municipality MP.

Supporters of Mr Kassiano Wadri, an opposition-leaning candidate were marching ahead of supporters of Ms Nusura Tiperu, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate when security forces shot at Mr Wadri’s group, forcing them to disperse as most ran for their lives.
The group retaliated by hurling stones at the security forces.

Mr Kyagulanyi is one of the politicians who were in the town to campaign for Mr Wadri. President Yoweri Museveni was also in Arua to campaign for Ms Tiperu.
The Arua Municipality MP seat fell vacant after the assisinatoon of MP Ibrahim Abiriga in June.

Trouble started after different candidates were marching to their respective offices with supporters after campaign rallies ahead of Wednesday by-election to choose Arua Municipality Member of Parliament.

On Dorcus Inzikuru Street, supporters of Mr Kassiano Wadri Kassiano, an Opposition leaning candidate, were marching ahead of supporters of Ms Nusura Tiperu, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate.

Suddenly, gun shots were fired on Mr Wadri’s group, forcing them to scatter.

The group retaliated by hurling stones at security forces.

Mr Kyagulanyi is one of the politicians who were in the town to campaign for Mr Wadri. President Yoweri Museveni also campaigned for Ms Tiperu.

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Solome Nakaweesi-Kayondo advised that Mr Wanyama should have just kept quiet in this case.
“Silence is sometimes golden (especially in such a situation where emotions are high). Now your pictures have opened more questions. Eeeeeh all along we thought this car was bullet proof??? So how come a bullet proof armoured presidential car be smashed by stones?? Something doesn’t add up. And so, are now justifying someone being deprived of the right to life with these pictures?”

Brian Atuheire brought the allegations into Biblical context on Twitter, “The stone that stoned Museveni's car was the one that was hit at Goliath!”

Duke Mugerwa Ahmed said, “All along I thought it was hard to get to Mr Museveni's skull but to my surprise it's this easy, the car is neither bullet nor stone proof.”

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Special Forces cordon off Arua's Hotel Pacific

Tuesday August 14 2018

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The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Special Forces have sealed off Hotel Pacific in Arua town, the base of the Kassiano Wadri campaign camp.

Adumi road, where the hotel is located has also reportedly been blocked by armed personnel. Business around the area is paralyzed.

The whereabouts of Kassiano Wadri, one of the candidates and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi remain unknown following an evening of running battles between members of the Special Forces Command and members of the opposition.

Reports say some charged youth who were attending Kassiano Wadri’s final rally with Bobi Wine near Arua Government Prisons, threw a stone at President Museveni's vehicle as he was taken to board his chopper at Pokea Primary School after campaigning for Nusura Tiperu, the NRM candidate in the Arua Municipality Race.

President Museveni reportedly stopped after a stone landed on his vehicle, but stopped the armed escorts from firing at the charged youth who were attacking the president's convoy.
"After seeing the President off, the soldiers returned looking for Bobi Wine whom they accused of organizing the youth to pelt stones at the President's car. They followed Bobi Wine up to Pacific Hotel and shot the driver (Yasin Kawuma) thinking he was Bobi Wine," a source further added.

According to some of the witnesses of the chaotic incident, Bobi Wine and Wadri Kassiano were whisked off on boda bodas and up to now their whereabouts are unknown as the security personnel continue to hunt for them.

But information from the Police spokesperson Josephine Angucia indicates that the driver of Bobi Wine was shot by a stray bullet, she however declined to divulge any further details.

When this reporter visited the scene of the shooting this morning, the armed soldiers could not allow anyone to access the road. According to some sources, the body of Bobi Wine's driver who was reportedly shot in the vehicle as he parked in front of the hotel is still lying within the hotel.

However, Wanyama said that the netizens had no clue about armoured cars. Therefore they could not tell that car has an outer glass which covers the bullet proof glass. He said that in this case, it is the outer glass that was shot at.
“It's actually bullet proof. If you look critically, you'll notice the bullet proof glass is intact,” he said in his defense.

He followed the comment with a picture of one of President Museveni’s armoured cars for all to understand what he was talking about.
But, people did not agree with him, stating that the car he posted was of a different make from the one that was shot at.
“I will pick the easiest flaw in the two pictures. The glass lengths and widths in the two cars are different,” Dicta Asiimwe wrote.

She was backed by John K. Wasikye who said, “You've surely made our country a laughing stock, am sure this has frightened away thousands of tourists and millions of dollars in investments.”

Samuel Ouga Ekemu called out Mr Wanyama for bringing up non-issues when there was a bigger problem at hand.
“My brother, the police just shot dead an unarmed peaceful Ugandan civilian driving... and you really expect people to have sympathy for this too expensive President’s toy???” Ekemu wrote.

Ojok Reagan Ronald wondered how Kassiano Wadri’s supporters got past President Museveni’s huge security detail to get to his car, “If anyone has ever seen Museveni’s convoy, those land cruisers are always in the middle of several escort cars (including his toilet) with armed men. Before you even aim a stone at any of them, you will be long gunned down. Wanyama Don Innocent only reminds me of Sadam Hussein information Minister! Time shall come one day for individual accountability.”

Andrew Masaba mused, “And for some reason no media house managed to take a picture of the presidents damaged car let alone the fact that it is a bullet proof car that got shattered by a stone. And the debate is slowing moving from the driver to the alleged stoning of Museveni's bulletproof car. Museveni has good spin doctors!”

By the time of publishing this story, there were 133 comments on Wanyama’s Facebook post and 410 replies to his tweet.

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