Arua By-elections turn bloody as Bobi Wine’s driver is shot dead

The race for filling the Arua Municipality parliamentary seat took another turn yesterday when gunfire rocked the area as big guns were campaigning for their candidates. The worst came when Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi’s (a.k.a Bobi Wine) driver was shot dead by the security forces.

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According to unconfirmed reports, the shooting followed a scuffle between President Museveni’s convoy and Kassiano Wadri’s supporters. The commotion resulted into shooting to disperse the crowd but unfortunately, a person lost his life. There is also a photo circulating on different social media platforms that was shared by the President’s Senior Press Secretary Don Wannyama on his Twitter Account showing one of the presidential convoy cars smashed from the rear side though it’s not clear whether it was the one that the President was travelling in.

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According to Police sources, the deceased driver Yasin Kayiwa, could have been shot by a stray bullet in the process of dispersing the crowd. By yesterday, there were massive arrests in the region including journalists like NTV’s Herbert Zziwa and Ronald Muwanga. The elections that are scheduled for Wednesday will see six candidates battling to fill the vacant seat after the murder of Col. Ibrahim Abiriga who was the area Member of Parliament.

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The candidates include NRM’s Susan Tiperu, Kassiano Wadri, JM Kennedy, Robert Ejiku (Independent), Bruce Musema (FDC) and Jafa (JEEMA).