A file photo of blogger Isma Ichuli (left) and Uganda president Yoweri Museveni (right).
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has vowed to pursue the killers of blogger Ibrahim Tusubira alias Isma Ichuli, who was shot dead on Saturday by unknown assailants near his home in Kyanja, Kampala.
In a statement on Monday, Uganda President referred to Tusubira’s killers as pigs, saying “It is pigs that believe in using guns against unarmed opponents.”
Museveni added that the ruling party, National Resistance Movement (NRM), which the blogger strongly supported, enjoys defeating unarmed opponents with counter- arguments.
“Killing critics shows that your position is false and you cannot out- argue an opponent. Why kill him if he is wrong and you are right? Killers are fake thinkers. They stand on false positions. Anyway, I can assure Ugandans that this criminal will be traced and punished,” the President said.
While sending his condolence to the family through State House Comptroller, Museveni promised to stand with the family and punish the killer.
Preliminary reports from Ugandan police indicated that an unidentified gunman with an SMG riffle opened fire on the vehicle in which the blogger was seated in the passenger seat.
The deceased was a chairperson of the Uganda Bloggers Association.