The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga has attacked the Internal Affairs minister Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire over the statement he made, attributing the Bijambiya killings in Greater Masaka to the region’s rejection of the NRM candidates in the previous elections.
Speaking at the funeral of Canon Mary Nabunya Senyonjo, the late wife to Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, the former Bishop of West Buganda Diocese, Mpuuga said demanded that Otafiire’s statement 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.
While appearing on NBS TV’s prime Thursday night political talk show; the Frontline, Otafiire claimed that Masaka didn’t witness such killings when the ruling NRM dominated the sub-region’s politics.
The minister went on say that say that there is insecurity in the sub-region because someone else is politically in charge.
This, Mpuuga said is an admission of knowledge of who is behind the killings.
“All of us as leaders from Greater Masaka and well meaning citizens I’m very sure are are very disturbed by the reckless and irresponsible statements that were made by Gen Kahinda Otafiire on TV.
” I find his statements most disturbing first of all, he is only only blaming victims, but he’s also insisting that instead, some other person should take the security of that region other than the regime in which he is a minister. And especially him being a minister of Internal Affairs, I find his statements most irresponsible and if he was part of a responsible government, by he would have resigned or forced to resign for those statements.
“We take exception to them and we demand of him to explain why he believes that by voting opposition, the people of Masaka deserve death and that when when the NRM is in charge, there’s no death.
“In effect he was saying that the people of Masaka are being punished for the choices Masaka People made in the last election.
“We can now understand that their relevancy to provide security was indeed deliberate. We are going to share as readers from greater Masaka and we are going to come out and make our own decision on how to protect our people but from Gen Otafiire and his government, we are now aware that you know who is killing our people and that you can’t we withdraw.
“You certainly know but you believe we deserve the punishment but I can tell and people who think like him that whether you kill everybody in Masaka, the next generation in Masaka we believe the way we believe,” he said.
Eulogising the deceased, Mpuuga hailed Canon Mary Senyonjo for her dedicated service to the Church, specifically West Buganda Diocese where her husband, the Rt Rev Christopher Senyonjo served as Bishop for 24 years.
She died on September 5, 2021 at the age of 81 of kidney failure. She is survived by a husband, seven children and 15 grandchildren.