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Abiriga murder: MP Nambooze arrested

Police have arrested Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze over statements on social media which security agencies suspect led to the assassination of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga

Ms Nambooze was on Wednesday morning picked from her home in Mukono by police led by the DPC Rogers Sseguya.

She’s reportedly being driven to Jinja Road police for questioning.
Police on Tuesday said before Abiriga’s murder last Friday, Ms Nambooze and three others posted messages on social media supporting attack on Abiriga.

A detective had said Ms Nambooze, Raymond Soulfa, alias Peng Peng, Nasser Mugerwa and Jane Kuli would be arrested for alleged offensive communication.

Mr Vincent Ssekate, the spokesperson for the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, confirmed the plan to arrest the MP and her co-accused.

Mr Ssekate said a general enquiry file had been opened at CID headquarters against them.

Allegations
“We have opened files against four people. Detectives are also still analysing messages on social media of a dozen others. If we get evidence that their communications were criminal, they will also be arrested,” he said yesterday.

Col Abiriga and his brother Saidi Buga Kongo were shot dead by gunmen at a trading centre near Kawanda on Bombo Road last Friday. The killers were riding motorcycles.

It is alleged that after the removal of the presidential age limit clause from the Constitution, Ms Nambooze said MPs who championed the amendment but had been given security by the State would be “touched” (punished) by aggrieved members of the public.

Peng Peng is alleged to have released a video supporting the attack on MPs who supported the removal of presidential age limit.

Mr Mugerwa is alleged to have released an audio urging Abiriga killers to look for more NRM MPs while Kuli allegedly posted a message on Facebook, saying the deceased would be killed in the first week of June.

Police say the statements amount to offensive communication.

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