According to Kamugisha, despite the fact that he had cash that he had just withdrawn from a mobile money agent, the attackers only made off with his phone.
Sheikh kassim kamugisha (second from the left) sitted together with other Kaloc members
Sheikh Kassim Kamugisha, the Kabale National Resistance Movement-NRM party Youth League chairperson is nursing injuries following an attack by unidentified thugs on Monday night. Kamugisha was assaulted by unidentified thugs at around 7:05pm as he returned to his home near Kasubi Tombs, a Kampala suburb in Lubaga Division in Kampala.
In his statement at Nankulabye police station, Kamugisha claims that about four young men attacked him as he approached Kisubi tombs and punched. "One of them threw a punch at me but it seems he had a knife or a nail because it cut me. I fell down and I started bleeding," Kamugisha said in his statement.
According to Kamugisha, despite the fact that he had cash that he had just withdrawn from a mobile money agent, the attackers only made off with his phone. Kamugisha is also a member of the Kick Age Limit Out of the Constitution-KALOC group, a pressure group that backed the scrapping age restrictions on all elective positions. Some members of the group believe the attack is politically motivated.
Herbert Anderson Burora, a member of KALOC and newly appointed Wakiso Deputy Resident District Commissioner, this is the second time a member of their group is being attacked by unidentified people. He says the first victim was Samuel Odong who narrowly escaped being killed when unidentified people fire at him at his door steps in Ngora district last year.
Burora says even though the attacks are still unclear, it's evident that they are targeting KALOC members. "We still can't understand the motive of the attackers. It remains unclear. According to someone who saw the incident it is as if he (Kamugisha) had been followed and the rush for the attackers to get away so fast explains that certainly the intention was not to rob. We condemn these attacks, because they do not demonstrate or represent any form of ideology and Humanity," Burora said.
The Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, says they have commenced investigations into the attack. "We are investigating the attack that happened last night. Kamugisha has been discharged from Kimera clinic and is in a better condition," Owoyesigyire told Uganda Radio Network.