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Parliament Pays Tribute To Murdered Abiriga

Parliament has eulogised the slain former Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga. Unidentified killers assassinated Abiriga together with his brother, Saidi Congo Buga on Friday evening near Energo Pump Station along the Kampala-Gulu Highway.

The assailants sprayed Abiriga’s vehicle with bullets killing him and Buga instantly. This morning, parliament convened in a special sitting to pay tribute to Abiriga, a former National Resistance Movement-NRM party enthusiast.

The session, which ran from 9:30am to 2pm, saw legislators across the political divide heaping praise on their former colleague. The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda moved the motion for the resolution of parliament honor the deceased.

Rugunda, who describes Abiriga as an honest person who always spoke his mind, said government, will do whatever it takes to apprehend the assassins.

The Leader of the Opposition, Winnie Kiiza who seconded the motion, said there is need for government to take control of the security of the country. Kiiza told the house that during the State of the Nation address they joked with Abiriga about crossing to each other’s party, saying it is saddening to wake up and see him dead.

Andrew Baryayanga, the Kabale Municipality MP, says Abiriga had an unquestionable loyalty to the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party. He said Abiriga will be remembered as man who served the country diligently in different capacities.

Hood Katurama Kiribedda, who represented the Muslim Parliamentary caucus, said Abiriga had the rare attributes of humility and calmness, adding that the deceased practiced what he preached.

Elijah Okupa, the Kasilo County MP, said the death of Abiriga is shocking and so close to Parliament.

Ismail Ogama Alli, the Madi Lower County MP in Arua, said Abiriga would do anything that works in the interest of his people. He said Abiriga joined the rebels in West Nile to fight against bad leadership, adding that the region has lost a good man, whose only crime was truthfulness, being a common man and a man of distinguished leadership.

The First lady and Education Minister, Janet Museveni said Abiriga spread love and understanding all the way from Arua to Kampala. She says people are right to blame Government about his death, but they should know that the responsibility of ensuring safety is in the hands of each Ugandan.

The State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, Musa Ecweru, said despite his hard work for the party, Abiriga remained a humble man.

Abiriga’s body has been airlifted to Arua where his and his brother will be laid to rest at their ancestral home in Lukudu village in Rhino camp sub county in Lower Madi constituency. He is survived by a widow and nine children.

Information on the official website of parliament shows that Abiriga was born on May 06th 1956. He has been a legislator and serving on the Committee of Defense and Internal Affairs. He holds a Certificate in Administrative Law from Uganda Christian University and Certificate in Public Administration from the same institution issued in 2008 and 2015 respectively.

Abiriga also has a Certificate in Public Administration and Management from Makerere University issued in 2015. Abiriga served as the Resident District Commissioner for Arua for 12 years from 2001 before he was transferred to Yumbe. He resigned from the post to contest for a parliamentary seat, which he won in February 2016.

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