The Leader of Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga has lashed out at the minister of Internal Affairs Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire over the remarks he made, attributing the Bijambiya killings in the greater Masaka to the region’s rejection of the NRM candidates in the previous election.
While appearing on NBS TV’s Frontline Show on September 9, Otafiire asked the public to recall that there were no killings in Masaka when NRM was dominant in the area.
He claimed that the ongoing spate of killings in the region that has claimed lives of over 26 people has to do with NRM not being in control of the area politically.
“You forget that when the NRM dominated Masaka, there were no killings. Someone else is in charge of Masaka politically,” Otafiire said.
During the recently held 2021 general elections, Masaka region massively voted for the National Unity Platform (NUP) at all major levels.
Speaking at the funeral of Canon Mary Nabunya Senyonjo, the late wife to Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, the former Bishop of West Buganda Diocese, Mpuuga noted that such reckless remarks made by the minister can be taken to mean that the government is punishing the people of Masaka for the choices they made during this year’s general elections.
“We definitely are going to demand that Gen Otafiire explains to the country, specifically the people of the greater Masaka who the killers are since his latest statement is a clear admission of knowledge. Now that the regime position has been stated by one of its power drunken promoters, it is now very clear that the killings in the greater Masaka are a punishment for voting out the regime,” he said.
“We definitely have no choice but to duly inform our people of this very important development. Our people shall defend their territory and integrity and shall never succumb or surrender their conscience to any form of manipulation and diversion from their chosen path.”
Eulogising Nabunya, Mpuuga noted that for 24 years, the late worked with the people in the greater Masaka when Bishop Senyonjo shepherded West Buganda Diocese of the Church of Uganda.
She died of kidney failure on September 5, 2021. She was 81.