Police in Pallisa District in eastern Uganda have arrested Agule County MP, Mr Francis Mukula, for allegedly shooting two people during last week’s NRM party primaries.
Authorities said the MP shot two people at Kaboloi trading centre in Kaukura Sub-county, about 10 km from Pallisa Town council.
Mr Cyrus Omalla, the North Bukedi regional police commander said the MP is currently detained at Pallisa Central Police Station as investigations continue.
He will be arraigned in court once investigations are complete, Mr Omalla said.
“The MP is in police custody on allegations of causing confusion and chaos as well shooting two people. He has to answer for various offences including attempted murder. We totally condemn such hooliganisms exhibited by a well-learned person who should have shown some bit of discipline but instead caused chaos during the elections,” Mr Omalla said.
Bullet removed from victim’s chest
According to police, one of the victims was shot in the chest but underwent a successful surgery to remove the bullet.
“This was a quite unfortunate and regrettable incident but police is still on ground to arrest all those who were involved in violence,” Mr Omalla added.
The MP reportedly got irked by the results of the election before shooting at the victims.
Other contestants were Mr Issa Taligola who polled 5,789 and Mr Sam Ourum who got 850 votes.
Pallisa RDC, Mr Ssenyonjo Kyeyune told this reporter that several cases of violence were reported in different parts of the district during the election.
He said police have been tasked to investigate all the cases and arrest anyone found culpable.
No bond for perpetrators
President Museveni who is also in the chairman of the NRM party, warned that whoever will be found culpable for beating people, threatening or using violence will be held accountable, arrested and no police bond would be sanctioned for them.
Mr Museveni made the remarks following the arrest of state minister for labour, Mr Mwesigwa Rukutana.
The former deputy attorney general who doubles as the incumbent MP for Rushenyi County is currently on remand after he was charged with attempted murder, assault occasioning bodily harm, malicious damage to property and threatening violence during the NRM primaries on September 4.