In a statement released by Parliament communications office, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga sent her condolences to the family, the people of Arua and the country at large.
She further urged the security forces to do everything possible to get the killers and reassure the country. Parliament will discuss with the family about the burial arrangements.
The leader of Opposition in Parliament, Ms Winfred Kiiza has sent her condolences to the people of Arua Municipality.
“I say sorry to the people of Arua Municipality and Uganda at large. He has been a man of few words and a morale boaster for us at Parliament. I wonder why one would target Abriga to kill him because as far as I know, he had no grudges against anyone,” Ms Kiiza said.
She said: “it is unfortunate that Hon Abiriga has died the way it has happened but we appeal to the security agencies to wake-up and save this country from such kind of murders.”
Through their social media handles;
Norbet Mao:I have learnt with shock of the murder of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga. I convey my sincere condolences to his family, the parliament of Uganda and the entire country. Here is a man who spoke straight and what you saw was what you got. I condemn this murder
Kizza Besigye : TRAGIC! Uganda’s insecurity affects upper &bottom rungs of society equally &brutally! Security systems are clearly dysfunctional. A new start necessary. My thoughts &prayers go to Hon Abiriga’s family, relatives &friends. Inna lillahi wa inna illahi raj’un
Frank Tumwebaze Information and Communications Technology minister: Disturbing reports are reaching us that Hon Abiriga Ibrahim has been shot dead.. We stand with his family in this trying moment.
The gruesome murder of Hon. Col. Ibrahim Abiriga and his bodyguard this evening is yet another sad reminder that our country is in a very serious crisis. Countrymen, countrywomen, when we condemn the breakdown of the state in Uganda, some people think we are doing this for political reasons. My friends, as we can see, the breakdown of the state spares no one. It affects all of us regardless of our religion, political parties, economic status, etc. My friend Ronald Mayinja was right when he recently sang, ‘bizeemu.’ Our nation is gradually descending into a very bad place and I think we must all- as stakeholders, have a say in preventing this terrible situation from continuing or getting worse.
Let me appeal to the government once more to acknowledge that we have reached that point when we must have an honest conversation as a nation and find a way out of this crisis. No matter who we are and what our political persuasions are, no Ugandan should lose his or her life in this gruesome, senseless manner. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May their souls rest in peace.
The UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire said “We condemn this act in the strongest terms. We shall continue to work together with other security agencies so that we guarantee peace and security,” he said. He sent his condolences to the “family of the deceased and the patriotic Ugandans”.