Minister Kasirivu survives assassination

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Dr Kasirivu's car riddled with bullets.

The Albertine region police have launched investigations into circumstances under which Minister of State for the Vice Presidency, Dr Balthazar Kyamanywa Kasirivu Atwooki, was allegedly ambushed by unknown gunmen near his home in Nalweyo Town Council, Kakumiro District.

The yet to be identified gunmen are alleged to have attacked the minister as he was coming from a radio talk show where he had gone to solicit votes for himself.

Dr Kasirivu told Kazi-njema News that he first went to a radio talk show in one of the local radio stations in Hoima and later returned to Kakumiro where he was scheduled to be hosted on his Emambya FM radio station.

According to the minister, the incident happened at around 1am in the wee hours of the night as he was returning home.

“After dropping Pastor Sam at his house, we proceeded to my home with my bodyguard who was driving. After passing by the hump going up the hill to my home, that’s when we heard the bullets. He reacted (driver) asking me if I was hit by the bullets and I said I don’t think so,” Dr Kasirivu said.

Police in Nalweyo visited the scene of crime this (Wednesday) morning to determine the situation and started investigations to net the yet to be identified gunmen who are said to be on the run, according to the Albertine Regiona Police Spokesperson, ASP Julius Allan Hakiza.

“So far, no suspect has been arrested but as police, we have started our investigations into the matter,” ASP Julius Allan Hakiza, the Albertine police spokesperson told this website.

The incident has left the state minister in shock wondering why he is being targeted.

However, a section of locals alleged that the minister stage-managed the assassination attempt so as to ride on a sympathy vote.

Dr Kasirivu denied the allegations.

“At the end of August, they pelted stones at my motorcade. Was that stage managed? When my posters are being pulled down, is that stage managing? People should be serious!”

Dr Kasirivu is battling it out on an Independent ticket with NRM’s Lance Corporal (Rtd) Fred Byamukama and Independent Annette Kusingura in the race to represent Bugangaizi West in the 11th Parliament.

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