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Kisoro LC5 Chairman summoned to Police over assassination allegation utterances against RDC

While the Kisoro district Chairman says security officers sent by the RDC shot at him, the Kisoro District Police Commnader says the officers only dispersed rowdy drunkards who included Chairman Bizimana who were abusing curfew and violating the presidential directive on bars remaining closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Abel Bizimana ,Kisoro LCV Chairman

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Abel Bizimana, Kisoro District LC5 Chairman has been summoned to police to clarify on his allegations that Captain Peter Mugisha, area Resident District Commissioner and other security officers attempted to assassinate him.   

On Wednesday night at 11PM Bizimana issued an accusation through social media accusing Captain Mugisha and other security officers of attempting to assassinate him using guns. 

  

Bizimana's lamentation on social media run:  "Mr. Peter Mugisha, I survived the assassination today. Hope you won’t use your system to leave Kisoro when they don’t have an LCV Chairman.  I definitely know you will finally retire to Kanungu but you don’t have to leave when LCV is in a coffin. We shall overcome. Five rounds on me? “   

When contacted by our reporter, Bizimana says that he was meeting a section of secondary school private teachers at Sun Set Hotel located along Mutanda road in Kisoro municipality at around 08:00PM when a group of police officers and Uganda Peoples Defense Forces Soldiers emerged and started shooting and at him. 

Bizimana says that he immediately hid and security officers could not easily identify him.  He says that officers also impounded over 20 motorcycles that belong to teachers he was meeting. Bizimana says that he has information indicating that the officers had been sent by Captain Mugisha to shoot him dead.

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Bizimana’s statement triggered a public uproar on social media with one side siding with him while another sided with Mugisha. 

On Thursday evening, Police released summons dated 30th September this year, asking Bizimana to report himself to Kisoro police station before the office of the Criminal Investigations Department on Tuesday next week at 10:00AM to explain in a statement the circumstances surrounding the alleged assassination plot.   

“On 29th September at around 11:20PM, you using your known registered phone number +256774998125 took to social media specifically Whatsapp platform where you shared information alleging an attempt to assassinate you by Capt (Rtd) Peter Mugisha, RDC Kisoro," reads the summons. "It is not clear from your message in your possession what happened, where, and how. This office finds these allegations serious and worth investigating. A general Inquiry File Vide KSR GEF 12/2021has thus been opened to that effect.  Pursuant to section 27A of the Police Act Cap 303 (As Amended) you are requested to report to police at Kisoro CPS to furnish us with your account of what happened to enable us to investigate these allegations.  Kindly report in person in the office of District CID Officer Kisoro on Tuesday 5th October 2021 at 10:00AM. You will thereafter fore be guided on what is expected of you.”

  Efforts to get a comment from Mugisha were futile since he could not pick his phones.

But, Patrick Ogwang, the acting Kisoro district police commander dismissed Bizimana’s allegations saying that it was at around 09:00PM when security officers who were enforcing curfew along Mutanda road hear a loud noise from Sun Set Bar and Hotel. Ogwang says that while security officers asked revelers to open, led by Bizimana, they instead responded with insults to officers and resisted to open.

"It is in the process that officers shot in the air," says Ogwang.  "Our officers had found Bizimana very drunk with other revelers very drunk and instead of complying with the order to leave, they resisted and started hurling insults at the officers."

Ogwang warns that security officers will continue enforcing the presidential guidelines on Covid-19 prevention despite the tendency of some of the drunkards continuously closing themselves inside bars. 

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The Kisoro Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Dan Ndikumwami Dan also refuted claims that his boss Mugisha commanded security officers to assassinate Bizimana. Ndikumwami says that no one is above the law. 

Bizimana has been in a feud with Captain Mugisha. In October 2020, Bizimana sued Mugisha over alleged defamation. Bizimana accused Mugisha of appearing on Kisoro FM airwaves in May 2020 and described him as a fighter, liar, discriminative on religious lines, untrustworthy, dishonest, and disobedient leader, words he argued that that taint his reputation in public. 

Bizimana had in April same year accused Mugisha of pocketing  165 million shillings of Covid-19 cash which had been sent to the district from the finance ministry to facilitate the management of the pandemic.   

In the same month, Bizimana also accused Mugisha of leading an operation to whip locals during curfew enforcement. 

In retaliation, Mugisha threatened to withdraw the army from the field if Bizimana keeps pointing fingers at him.  

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