Over 50 NRM members and supporters of Dr. Lawrence Bategeka, the aspiring Member of Parliament for Hoima Municipality on Thursday afternoon stormed Hoima Police station protesting the arrest of their colleagues.
On Thursday morning police arrested five people; Tereza Kyomuhendo, Jimmy Kaahwa, Hannington Musimenta and Yasin Katasoboka, all supporters of Dr. Bategeka.
Their arrest followed a clash between the supporters of Bategeka and those of the incumbent area Member of Parliament who is also the first deputy Prime Minister, Henry Muganwa Kajura, that left two people injured.
Kajura and Bategeka are contesting on NRM party ticket for Hoima Municipality parliamentary seat.
The victims of the fight are; Joseph Bamusoni, a supporter of Kajura and Lawrence Mbabazi, an agent of Bategeka who were terribly injured on Wednesday night after Kajura’s supporter attacked Mbabazi while at home in Buhiga cell, Bujumbura division in Hoima municipality where he was beaten and his head cut several times.
It’s alleged that the attackers who were armed with machetes and sticks raided Mbabazi’s home hunting for his brother, Jimmy Kaahwa.
When they failed to get him, the attackers turned their anger on Mbabazi, demanding that he tells them the whereabouts of his brother.
Mbabazi made an alarm prompting residents to rush to his rescue.
In retaliation Kajura’s supporter, Bamusomi was thumped and injured.
However, when police intervened, it only arrested Bategeka’s supporter something that left the residents angered.
Angry residents led by Nasur Tikasiima, Bategeka’s campaign manager stormed Hoima central police station demanding for the release of fellow residents.
The group accused police of being used by the prime minister’s camp and involving in partisan politics other than keeping law and order.
Shouting at the peak of their voices, the angry residents camped at Hoima police for six hours from midday up to 6:00pm until police bowed to their pressure and released the suspects.
Lydia Tumushabe, Albertine police spokesperson, called for calm adding that investigations are still underway to have all those involved in the fight arrested and prosecuted.
Tumushabe says they are hunting for Godfrey Sunday and Kennedy Byakora, both supporters of Kajura for their alleged involvement in the attack.