The Speaker of Uganda’s parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has reiterated her call to security forces to improve on peace and security in the country, and also asked Ugandans to increase vigilance in their communities.
The Speaker made the call during a special sitting held in Parliament on Sunday, 10 June 2018, to pay tribute to fallen Arua Municipality legislator Hon. Ibrahim Abiriga who was gunned down by unknown assailants on the evening of Friday, 8 June 2018.
“I would like to urge the public to be more vigilant and identity things that look strange to them,” said Kadaga.
Amidst the somber mood in the House, the Speaker appreciated the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, for allowing the body of the deceased to be taken to Parliament given the strict Islamic procedures.
“I want to thank the Mufti of Uganda for accommodating our request to slightly delay the burial so that we can accord Hon. Abiriga his burial as a Member of Parliament,” Kadaga added.
The Speaker also expressed sadness over the death of late Hon. Abiriga’s brother who had been serving in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces.
“When the late Abiriga was brutally gunned down, he was travelling with his brother Saidi Congo Buga, a UPDF soldier who had just returned from a tour of duty in Somalia,” said the Speaker.
She noted that Hon. Abiriga’s death came at a time when debate on the Floor of Parliament about the unexplained murders and kidnaps in the country was ongoing, and condoled with the wife of the deceased Sijali Amina and nine children.
The Speaker acknowledged and commended contributions to the family from different parliamentary caucuses including the West Nile Parliamentary Group, the Muslim Parliamentary caucus, NRM Secretariat, UPDF caucus and Buganda caucus among others.
Several dignitaries including leaders from the NRM Secretariat, former Members of Parliament, heads of political parties and senior Muslim clerics, accompanied MPs to pay last respects to late Hon. Abiriga.