Grenades thrown at Ugandan legislators’ houses


Five grenades were thrown at the homes of two Ugandan legislators opposed to scrapping the presidential age limit and extending President Yoweri Museveni’s more than 31 years in power.

The legislators, Allan Ssewanyana and Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, have been outspoken in efforts to resist an ongoing effort to change the constitution to allow Museveni to stay on.

Museveni has been president since January 1986.

Two grenades were thrown at Ssewanyana’s residence and three at Kyagulanyi‘s.

Both were among MPs forcefully ejected from the parliament chamber last week by Uganda’s Special Forces.
“Grenades were thrown, so yes it happened. The police have gone to the residence of Kyagulanyi and are piecing up evidence and trying to find out what really happened,” police spokesman Asan Kasingye, said.

But he dismissed as “absurd” the idea the attacks were politically motivated.

Talking to local NBS TV, Ssewanyana said he was scared but would not give up the fight against the constitutional change.
“I can’t give up and am calling all Ugandans not to give up because this is a serious fight. What shows the seriousness is the attacks they have now started against us … Attacks involving weapons,” he said.

In September, at least five Ugandan lawmakers received hospital treatment for injuries sustained while being dragged out of the parliament by plainclothes security guards opposition MPs said were really soldiers from Museveni’s Special Forces.

Clashes erupted in the chamber over the motion to end the age limit.