Two Ugandan opposition legislators have complained of unexplained explosions at their homes, a few days after another legislator survived a similar attack.
The Makindye West Member of Parliament, Allan Ssewanya, says unidentified people lobbied a grenade at his residency in the wee hours of this morning.
“People have thrown a grenade/explosive at my home at 1:20am. I’m told the same has happened to Kyagulanyi’s home,” reads a message on Ssewanya’s Facebook page. The MP also shared the fragments of the explosive that spread at his compound in his home in Makindye, a Kampala city suburb.
Uganda Police Spokesperson, Asan Kasingye has confirmed the incident, saying police are investigating to establish what could have happened. The Kyadondo West Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine also complained of a similar attack on his palatial home in Magere in Wakiso District.
“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 country are we now living in?” Kyagulanyi posted on his Facebook wall.
Adding that, “I had decided to ignore the blasts and these threats, but it seems they are now getting real. 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.”
He believes the attacks are connected to their resistance of the proposed scrapping of article 102 (b) of the Ugandan constitution, which camps the president’s age at 75 years.
“Apparently something could be done to me during the kind of scuffle that happened when state agents invaded the Parliamentary chamber! Reason? Opposing the removal of age limits in the Constitution! Anonymous calls targeting not only me but my family as well. I have been told that ‘if I don’t leave that thing a lone, I will just be terminated or disabled,” he said.
He dismisses the attacks as cowardly acts, which must be condemned by all people of good conscience. “We are not involved in war. We are just citizens who are interested in a good country for ourselves and the generations to come. We shall not be intimidated,” he said.
Adding that, “Let them know that NOTHING can stop an idea whose time has come. If you kill me, perhaps a thousand more will rise up. The world is watching!,”
Two similar explosives exploded last week at the home of Rubaga North Member of parliament, Moses Kasibante, an hour after he returned home from police custody.
Tension has been building in Uganda since Raphael Magyezi; the Igara East MP disclosed his plans to table a motion scrapping the presidential age limit, a move that is seen as an attempt to extend. President Yoweri Museveni’s rule once he retires his retirement age. Museveni will be above 75 years by the 2021 polls.