Residents of Pajulu Sub-county in Arua District last week nearly lynched an East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Member of Parliament, Nusura Tiperu.
Tiperu and Permanent Secretary, Patrick Mutabirwe, were part of a team from the Ministry of Local Government sent to consult on city status issues.
In April 2015, Arua was nominated as one of the best towns on the continent for the inaugural African mayor’s awards.
It was shortlisted alongside two other towns for the continental excellence award under the small cities category; Bangangté in Cameroon and Praia in the Cape Verde islands.
According to Daily Monitor, Tiperu and ministry officials visited Pajulu for consultation and passed by a nearby primary school to see how pupils were doing.
A mob armed with sticks and clubs, surrounded her vehicle ready to beat her up.
Her driver rushed to Arua Police Station for safety.
With her life in danger, Tiperu then reported to the district police commander, Jonathan Musinguzi, a case of threatening violence.
Residents accuse her of having personal interests in the demarcation of constituencies where they said she misinformed the President about the May district resolution, which re-demarcated Oli Division.
Following the incident, the acting permanent secretary in the ministry of local government, Mutabwire called upon residents to remain calm.
He told New Vision that divisionism based on tribal and religious factions cannot help the situation and deters development, arguing that people should focus more on positive development instead of negativity.
Affected sub counties include; Adumi, Pajulu, Oluko, River Oli division, Ayivuni, Arua Hill, Ajia, Vurra, Aroi, Manibe on the planned demarcation of Arua to pave way for a city status.