By Pascal Kwesiga and Ismael Kasooha
THE MP for Buhaguzi in Hoima, Tom Kyahurwenda, was yesterday arrested after his rival, Julius Junjura, reported that he had killed two of his agents and beaten up others as they headed to Karama polling station in Kabwoya sub-county.
The mid-western regional Police commander, Mercellino Wanitho, ordered the arrest of the MP after a bitter exchange of words with him at his home in Kabwoya sub-county.
â€œDonâ€™t intimidate me because you are an MP. We have powers to handle all candidates who are unruly. You are a suspect from now, hand over your gun. Arrest him,â€ he ordered his juniors.
â€œI am ready to be arrested and killed for telling the truth. You are serving a system that is rotten,â€ the MP shouted as he was being arrested.
Wanitho retorted: â€œYou and your supporters have caused problems and that is why we are here. You are beating up voters to disrupt the exercise.â€
He, however, clarified that no one was killed as Junjura said, adding that the agents were just hiding, sparking rumours that they had been killed.
Kyahurwenda was being held at Hoima Central Police Station. He blamed his arrest on his brothers. â€œWe are 72 brothers in the family but four of them keep ordering the Police to arrest me every time they want,â€ he added.
Last year, the MP was accused of murdering his sister. Kyahurwenda accused the Police of escorting Junjura to his rallies and distributing items to voters at night. Junjura is the deputy RDC for Isingiro.
He said the district Police chief, Augustine Kasangaki, was campaigning for Junjura. â€œAm I mad to campaign? Kasangaki asked.