NRM condemns attack on supporter

Police have opened investigations into the alleged attack on an NRM supporter Baker Kasumba. The 21-year-old is said to have been attacked on Wednesday evening near Kalerwe market, Kawempe Division near Kampala.

Images of Kasumba with his two palms nailed together, first circulated on the social media until the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesman Patrick Onyango, issued a statement indicating that Kasumba was attacked for his support for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and President Yoweri Museveni.

Kasumba had a yellow beret with Museveni’s insignia, and claims that he had earlier been confronted by a man who told him to stop supporting Museveni and NRM.

“This was a planned and an organized attack. The attackers seem to have trailed him all the way from his workplace. This kind of political violence cannot be allowed in Uganda,” Onyango said.

NRM secretariat communications officer, Rogers Mulindwa visited Kasumba at Mulago Hospital where he is admitted and issued a statement condemning the attack.

“We condemn in the strongest terms possible the heinous assault on our supporter, a one Kasumba Baker. It’s now clear that Kasumba was targeted for his political beliefs, the Police must act fast to apprehend the criminals behind this act to send a strong and clear message that such assaults on political expression have no place in our free and democratic  society,” Mulindwa said in the statement.

“We call upon all political actors to remind their supporters of this fact especially as we head into the political season,”he added.

Kasumba is reported to be out of danger.