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The attack came shortly after the disappearance of the keys to the district administration block, which left hundreds of officers stranded for several hours on Wednesday morning.
District Speaker after he was pepper sprayed.

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Unknown people have pepper sprayed the Ntungamo District Speaker and Council clerk at the district headquarters. 

The attack came shortly after the disappearance of the keys to the district administration block, which left hundreds of officers stranded for several hours on Wednesday morning.

Ntungamo District Speaker, Elijah Atuhaire, says that no sooner had he entered his office than he was attacked by four youths who sprayed him with unknown chemical.

//Cue in: “Kunanahika omu office…    

Cue out: …Chemical yagishuka omumaisho.”//  

Atuhaire was preparing for a council meeting that was scheduled to start at 11am when he was attacked. 

He blames the attack in his intention to challenge his former ally and District LC V Chairperson, Dennis Singahache in 2021 general elections. 

Denis Muhumuza Savimbi, the Itojo Sub County LC V Councilor also blamed the attack on the LC V chairperson.  

//Cue in: “Singahache yatushobera bareeta…     

Cue Out: …akagwe niturebesa amaisho.”//

Naboth Mpirirwe, the Ntungamo Sub County LC V councilor blamed the attack on internal disputes in the council.  

//Cue in: “Ekirimu nikibireeta abantu… 

Cue out:…nobu bakuba abediini,”//

The spraying of the Speaker and disappearance of the keys to the administration block delayed the start of the council meeting to 12:30pm.

Denis Singahache, the Ntungamo district LC V chairperson, who was in rush to attend the council meeting, condemned the incident and act of hooliganism.

Damian Katwesiime, the Ntungamo District Police Commander, said the people behind the attack are known and investigations have started. 

He referred our reporters to the Regional police spokesperson for details.