Assassinated Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga’s body was on Sunday taken to Parliament for the MPs to pay their last respsect in a special House sitting.
MP Abiriga and his brother Saidi Butele were killed on Friday evening by ubkbiwn assailants near his home in Kawanda, Wakiso District.
Below is what some MPs and ministers said about the fallen yellow MP known for his trademark yellow attires;
Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda: MP Ibrahim Abiriga’s murder (and his brother) was an act of cowardice. His killers will be hunted down like President Museveni said. We all need to vigilant and hunt down these criminals and murderers.
Only two days ago, Hon. Abiriga came to my office to pursue the development projects of the people in his Arua Municipality. We had agreed to meet again but unfortunately, he was killed. He was a man of the people.
Leader of Opposition, Winnie Kiiza: The attendance of MPs today, a Sunday is a clear indication of who Hon Abiriga was. He was hard to annoy. Even when you talked bad about him, he would make a joke out of it. It’s so sad that we’ve lost him, sad that he’s gone in a brutal manner. I wonder why he was killed. Abiriga would speak what he believed in. My prayer is that government takes charge of security in our country.
MP Baryayanga: Government must produce reports of murdered Ugandans, whether famous or otherwise. Ugandans are demanding for answers. No one is safe in this country. Kidnaps, murders, rapes have become routine. The security of every Ugandan must be guaranteed.
Kasilo County MP, Eljiah Okupa (FDC) : At first, we thought Hon. Abiriga’s death was fake news on social media. I decided to wear a yellow (NRM party’s official colour) tie today to honour my brother. Abiriga was not shy about what he believed in.He was true to his word.This business of lying and pretending, like most politicians do, was not his character. Even when he was captured on video urinating, he confessed and explained why. Even when he was taken to court, he was not shy about it. That’s how honest he was.
First Lady Janet Janet Museveni : …What trend is this! That serving one’s country with passion and dedication is a crime! What’s this message trying to tell Ugandans! That serving your country with love is a crime Hon Abiriga served the country well, from Arua to Kampala. Abiriga’s actions, speeches always portrayed love and laughter, even with children. Indeed Ugandans loved him. I’m in shock and mourn him.