RDC Rose Kirabira survives assassination attempt in office

Masindi Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Ms Rose Kirabira. PHOTO/FILE/COURTESY

Police in Masindi has arrested a man over an attempted assassination of Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Ms Rose Kirabira in her office on Wednesday evening.

According to an eyewitness Tumusiime Kenneth, the suspect in his late 30s who was wielding a knife-wielding reportedly disguised as an investor from Kampala to access Ms. Kirabira’s office in an attempt to end her life.

‘‘He came asking for Ms. Rose Nalongo Kirabira at the Masindi RDC block claiming to be a local investor. He removed a knife from an envelope and hid it in his waist while entering the RDC’s Office,’’ Tumusiime told the Daily Express.

Tumusime further narrated that he watched the suspect from a distance and ‘‘immediately informed the RDC’s secretary and security who searched the suspect and found him with a knife.’’

Upon survival, RDC Kirabira expressed with grief and fear that the suspect would have easily killed her.

‘‘When my secretary was alerted that the man had a knife, she ran out and alerted my bodyguard. The suspect had a knife hidden in the envelope instead of documents. Given the opportunity to reach me, he would have killed me silently,’’ she said.

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Ms Kirabira expressed concern that similar attacks might continue with the intent to eliminate RDCs across the country.

“Maybe they are targeting all the RDCs in the country. The good news is that God has saved me, but I’m asking the government to handle the suspect with an iron hand so as to get others,” she said.

The Albertine Region police spokesperson, Mr. Julius Hakiza confirmed the arrest of the suspect who is currently detained at Masindi Central Police Station.

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”Yes, he was arrested from the RDC’s office. Police has not yet established the cause of the action but we are still investigating,” Mr. Hakiza said.

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