MPs caged for hiring youth to beat minister

Minister Alex Onzima

Police on Saturday arrested MPs Lee Oguzu (Maracha County) and James Acidri (Maracha East) for reportedly inciting violence.

They are accused of mobilising youth to beat up State Minister in office of the Vice President, Alex Onzima.

West Nile Regional Police Commander, Jonathan Musinguzi, told Daily Monitor the legislators fuelled motorcycles of over 100 youths who went and attacked the Minister while he carried out consultations on Monday.

The youth were later dispersed by the police that fired live bullets.

Police further accuses MP Acidri of playing a video of the peace talks to the youth and praising a former Jet Fighter Pilot Brigadier Wilson Toko.

This was during a memorial lecture for late Brig Toko was the Chairman of the Central Organising Committee at Heritage Courts in Arua.

Caleb Alaka, the lawyer representing the two legislators says they are being witch hunted because they don’t support the limit bill.

They were later released after a security meeting headed by the RPC.

Nadduli warns

Meanwhile, Abdul Nadduli, the Minister without Portfolio warned the leadership of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) to condemn the rising brutality by security forces.

He was referring to the brutal arrest of four Kaweesi murder suspects who had been released on bail by Nakawa Court is a replica of what past violent regime used to practice.

He said on Friday that the country is in trouble if armed men can arrest people and drive them to unknown detention centres.

“What is happening is regrettable for a government which came to power through a peoples revolution aimed at restoring the rule of law. You cannot imagine people being brutally arrested in a manner which is detestable to all people with sound mind,” he said. “If security agencies cannot respect courts, then the system [government will have a bitter end. We shall not sit back and watch,” Nadduli is quoted by the newspaper as saying.

Nadduli who was addressing a consultative meeting of NRM leaders in Luweero town on Friday said it is the NRM government should quickly arrest call security forces to order before their conduct goes out of hand.