CMI, SFC join age-limit youth attack investigations

Security agents attached to the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and the Special Forces Command (SFC), an elite army unit that guards the president have joined the investigations into Monday evening’s attack on Sheikh Kassim Kamugisha.

Kamugisha, the NRM youth chairman for Kabale was attacked by four unidentified men at about 7:30pm on Monday as he arrived at his residence in Kasubi on the outskirts of Kampala.

He was stabbed twice in the cheek and at the back. He raised an alarm that attracted locals forcing his attackers to flee before they could be recognised.

Besides being the NRM chairman for Kabale, Kamugisha is also a member of the NRM youth group, Kick Age Limitations out of the Constitution (KALOC) that was used by the ruling party to popularise last year’s amendment that scrapped age limits from the constitution.

While the motive of his attackers was not readily established, his KALOC colleagues believe it is connected to the role he played in promoting the amendment that gave President Yoweri Museveni a new lease of political life.

Before the Constitution was amended, Museveni would not have a chance of running again for president since Article 102(b) locked out anyone below 35 years and above 75 years to contest for president.

The amendment angered politicians opposed to Museveni’s presidency which has raised suspicion that the recent attacks on government supporters could be the handiwork of politicians opposed to the extension of Museveni’s presidency.

KALOC group members who did not want to be named said that they have previously received threats against their lives.

“We are living in fear; personally, I have had to shift from where I was staying after a group of youth threatened to harm me,” a KALOC member said.

Late last year, another group member, Samuel Odong was attacked by gunmen at his home in Ngora which forced Museveni to direct that the group’s leaders be given security but to date, the presidential directive has not been effected.