Police pick Nambooze again

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Nambooze as she awaited her fate at police yesterday

June 14, 2018 – Spear News has just learnt that Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze is en-route to Special Investigations Unit in Kireka, after police picked this morning as she was receiving treatment from her doctor.

Hon. Nambooze had been released on police bond from Naggalama police station until June 19. She was due to travel to India for medical review tomorrow.

It was not immediately clear why police picked her ahead of the expiry of her bond. There was drama yesterday after it emerged that the so-called General Inquiry File police opened against her did not have a  statement from a complainant and police could not name any.

Nambooze was being held on a charge of offensive communication based on a social media post she made, a day after Arua Municipality MP  Col. Ibrahim Abiriga and his brother cum bodyguard, were felled by bullets as he approached his residence in Kawanda on the outskirts of Kampala last Friday.

“When I asked them who was offended they told me it was the President but that he is not a complainant and it’s the State complaining on his behalf,” Nambooze told Spear News last night.

Below we reproduce the post that put the MP in trouble:

“One great writer said that, to the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth but when death comes more so abruptly and in such a gruesome manner like it happened to my Honourable brother Col. Ibrahim Abiriga, truth ceases to matter but the fact that a life is lost.

I would therefore on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Mukono Municipality wish to express our condolences to his family, relatives and to the people of Arua Municipality for this gruesome assassination that only adds to the trauma we are already suffering as a country over unexplained murders. It very sad that Honourable Abiriga was murdered together with his brother also his body guard.

Am however, not going to insult Abiriga’s memory by pretending that he was my freind. He was far from it….He wasn’t shy about expressing his opinion….which I highly doubt was his opinion,to me he was a loud speaker for the people who have chosen to love power more than the future of our Uganda. He knew how to offend and irritate those of us who find Museveni’s Government a curse to our country. He is one of the politicians who really bastardised the politics of this country. As other people were being murdered including fellow Moslems, Abiriga clapped loudest that there should be no change…he invested all himself to maintain the status quo and it’s within this status quo that he has perished.

When one day I ran towards him to grab his yellow cap at Parliament,my intention was to show him that even with the guards the regime was fooling him with,it couldn’t secure him fully. For that act and another of grabbing Pecos Kuteesa’s military cap, I paid with my backbone. Am now maimed for life and when I returned to Parliament after hospitalisation Abiriga tried to mock me, for which I almost physically fought with him.

But when news of Abiriga’s assassination came, I went cold with pain…I cried tears, but deep inside I knew I wasn’t crying for Abiriga, he was gone, I was crying for my country. We need our colleagues like Abiriga to stay around to realise the mess we have sunk our country in and maybe join forces to dig it out of the pit. We need to reject any politics that targets people because of their political beliefs. This isn’t a matter of political correctness. It’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong. Uganda will be better not through elimination of those we don’t agree with or innocent people to traumatise the Nation but because of our effort to put up systems that will work for us all irrespective of our political beliefs. Every life must be respected and every murder must be condemned.

As we bury Abiriga, leaving his young family without a provider, it is high time we all raise one voice to say that the status quo is hopeless, there are no winners in a sinking boat. IT IS TIME TO CHANGE even when Museveni still insists that those terrorising us are idiots we must come out boldly to tell him that we have no use with a Regime and a President who cannot successfully deal with “idiots”. Rest in peace Abiriga.”

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