Uganda’s state minister for information and communications technology (ICT), Elios Aidah Nantaba has servived death when gunmen allegedly fired at her official vehicle on the morning of Sunday 24 March. Nantaba is also the woman member of Parliament representing Kayunga district.
According to police, Nantaba was driving herself in the official vehicle at around 11:00am in Ggavu Village, Kasawo sub-county along the Kayunga-Mukono road when men riding on boda boda stopped her.
Thinking they were her constituents, she stopped but armed masked men emerged from the bush to attack her.
But the minister was alert and quickly sped off before reporting the matter to Naggalama Police Station.
Police, in response, launched an operation and intercepted one of the armed men in Nagojje sub-county where they shot him dead.
But why Nantaba?
This month during Uganda rulling party, The National Resistance Movement (NRM) caucus at the National leadership institute in Kyankwanzi, Nantaba publicly claimed that the party was against her because she did not vote for the lifting of the age limit and mobile money tax in parliament. She said that party members qho voted in favour of the bills are now against her calling for protection of her life which she said was in danger.
The party is yet to comment on her allegations.
The alleged shooting which comes less than a month puts a questions in the minds of Ugandans on who is behind these killings.
Several high profile Ugandans have been killed by men riding motorcycles.
They include AIGP Andrew Kaweesi, Maj Mohammed Kiggundu, Muhammad Kirumira and prosecutor Joan Kagezi.