By Leonard Kamugisha
Bugiri Municipality contestant Asuman Basalirwa is seeking for a compensation to the family of his body guard and campaigner Asuman walyendo tasking Uganda police to investigate into the matter and bring the murderer to court.
Justice Forum (JEEMA) president Asuman Basalirwa, also flag bearer for Bugiri municipality was speaking to journalist yesterday Tuesday 24thjuly, 2018 at the party Headquarters in Mengo Kampala, he condemned the cold blood murder of Walyendo and vowed to follow up the matter.
“We condemn this murder in the strongest terms and we shall not rest until the murderer is brought to book and compensation to his family granted.” Reads part of the press statement.
Basalirwa condemned the police reluctancy in investigating into the unidentified police officer who shot his body guard saying that police has concealed the identity of the murderer.
|Asuman Basalirwa addressing Journalists at JEEMA offices on Tuesday 25th July,2018|
Walyengo, 28, a father of Four and husband to two wives was shot on the ewe hours of Thursday 19th July,2018 during a campaign rally along Saza Road in Bugiri as police dispersed Basalirwa supporters who had forcefully wanted to hold a rally in Busoga University.
He was rushed to Line Medical Centre in Bugiri Municipality and when conditions worsened, he was transferred to Bugiri Hospital where he breathed his last. Walyengo was laid to rest on Friday 20th July, 2018 at his ancestral home in Kapyanga Bugiri district.
Basalirwa accuse the police force for misconduct noting that they have not bothered instead is playing blind games. He promised to follow up the matter to ensure the police officer who murdered his supporter is convicted.
According to Basalirwa, the shot was intentionally meant to kill him because he was standing beside his body guard but survived narrowly. He suspended any allegations that shot was a stray bullet.
Basalirwa said that police in Bugiri district headed by DPC Jeff Buyungo has failed to play a neutrality role in regards to keeping law and oder citing out the mass arrests of opposition supporters. He said the DPC is liable to the death of because he was shot in his sight.
Bugiri municipality election is slated for Friday July 27th, 2018. Five candidates are vying for this seat. The candidates are John Francis Oketcho (NRM), Eunice Namatende (FDC), Asuman Basalirwa (JEEMA), former Bugiri district LCV Chairman, Hajji Siraji Lyavala Samanya and Joel Wamono, both Independents.
Basalirwa says the NRM Camp is planning to ridge the election claiming that the camp is distributing money and other food items in open doors to induce voters.
He reminded EC and Police force to ensure there’s law and order for a free and fair election lest; the party will not accept the outcomes of the chaotic election.
He further said that Electoral Commission’s failure to respond to his filled complaints against failure to provide voter location slips in all the 28 polling stations, intimidations and voter bribery is likely to suppress the voting process.
He said that he has appointed MPs and Lawyers as polling agents to ensure vigilance amongst the voters is preserved for a free and fair election.
Basalirwa condemned the use of sectarian language based on tribal and religious lines in Bugiri Municipality and appealed to his voters to maintain law and order on the election date and desist from any forms of intimidations.