Blasts rock MPs’ residences as govt denies attack claims

Kampala Metropolitan police commander Frank Mwesigwa. File photo.

KAMPALA–Three city legislators are living in fear after discovering alleged explosives at their residential homes. Moses Kasibante, Allan Sewanyana and Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine are claiming that unknown persons came to their residential homes and dumped explosives.

Kasibante was the first to report the incident, a day after Police arrested some of the 25 MPs suspended from Parliament for opposing the move to lift the Presidential age limit.

They had refused to vacate the August House, until security agents forcefully evicted them.

Kasibante narrates that he was released from the Police cells passed mid-night and brought back to his residential home in Lugujja, a city suburb.

He says that shortly after he was dropped home, he had a blast that even shattered the glass of his front door. This morning, Sewanyana and Kyagulanyi are also claiming to be under attack. They both said they survived death as ‘grenades’ went off at their homes late in the night.

Kyagulanyi said he had been receiving death threats, since last week, warning him to stop fighting the age limit bill.

“I have also been advised by some friends who know more than I know that I should be very careful what I eat or drink, how I drive and from where, whom I meet, even who touches me while I go to Parliament. Apparently something could be done to me during the kind of scuffle that happened when State agents invaded the Parliamentary chamber,” Kyagulanyi laments.

Broken windows at Bobi Wine’s home. Courtesy photo.

The legislators are putting pressure on the Police to tell them what exactly happened. At Kasibante’s home, Police detectives were chased by angry residents when they came to investigate and take some samples of the explosives.

After few hours, another group came and it was allowed to do its work.

Meanwhile, Kampala Metro Police Commander Frank Mwesigwa confirmed Tuesday that the devices found at the homes of MPs Sewanyana and Kyagulanyi were “factory made hand grenades.”

He said no one was injured and that the devices are harmless. He said the police were talking to some of the people who claimed to have seen the vehicles that brought the people with the bombs.

Government responds
Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo labelled the incident as fake news and possibly tactics that the Opposition came up with to frame government.

Opondo’s statement says,”flash bang grenades at opposition MPs residences could be own scare tactics to frame government. Flash bang grenades are used for training purposes, not harmful. Some opposition elements could have acquired them.”



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