Police say factory made hand grenades were used in the attack on the homes of three Ugandan opposition legislators. “We have established with the help of our experts that these are factory made hand grenades with less shattering effect,” reads a statement by Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Emillian Kayima.
Unidentified people lobbied explosives in the homes of Makindye West Member of Parliament, Allan Ssewanya and his Kyadondo West counterpart, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
“People have thrown a grenade/explosive at my home at 1:20am. I’m told the same has happened to Hon. Kyagulanyi’s home,” reads a message posted on Ssewanya’s Facebook page in the wee hours of this morning. Ssewanya also posted the photos of part of the explosive that was dropped in the compound at his home in Makindye, a Kampala city suburb.
Robert Kyagulanyi, the Kyadondo West MP, also posted a message on the attack on his home on Facebook page. “Grenades have for the second time in two days been thrown at my house and exploded. Property damaged and no one hurt! But what kind of a country are we now living in?” Kyagulanyi’s post on Facebook read.
Adding that, “Let me announce to the whole world that these past days I have been receiving death threats on an almost daily basis. I have also been advised by some friends who know more than I know that I should be very careful of what I eat or drink, how I drive and from where, whom I meet, even who touches me while I go to Parliament.”
The attacks on the homes of the two legislators followed a similar attack on the home of the Rubaga North MP, Moses Kasibante, in Ssendaula Zone in Lungujja in Rubaga division on September 28, 2017. According to Kayima, police responded to the attacks timely. “We have recovered valuable items to help our investigations,” reads Kayima’s statement.
Adding that, “In the case of the Hon. Moses Kasibante, we have already submitted these recovered items to the Government Analytical Laboratory for examination.” He says they are recording statements in connection to last night’s attacks to help with their investigations. “Of great importance there is a white Noah Vehicle suspected to have been seen at Hon. Kyagulanyi’s home whose number plates were not identified.
“We shall study this as well as other critical details to establish who is behind the attacks,” he said. According to Kayima, Police has increased its vigilance on all the people whose life is threatened and asks to report such incidents in case of any fear. The three legislators are among those opposed to the proposed scrapping of the presidential age limit. They were suspended from the house together with 22 others for stirring chaos to stop the Igara East MP, Raphael Magyezi from tabling his motion pushing for the scrapping of article 102 (b), which caps the president’s age at 75 years.