A government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, was accused of attacking and beating Erias Lukwago while he was appearing on NBS TV Frontline on Thursday evening.
The Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has finally come out to describe how he was attacked and beaten by the government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo while appearing on NBS TV Frontline show on Thursday evening.
In a statement via his social media platform, Erias Lukwago said following a debate about the sham Soroti East Member of Parliament By-election, Ofwono who is a regular Panelist at the show ran berserk and started throwing tantrums at him.
He says from nowhere, the government spokesperson rose from his sit and aimed insults in addition to threatening to shoot at him and also evict him from the television studios.
‘’Out of the blue, he sprung up, charged at me and threatened to evict me from the studios. He pushed his hand into the pocket and around his waist, in a manner that suggested he wanted to draw a pistol at me. I dared him to shoot at me. He instead pounced on my neck and attempted to strangle me.
I did not fight back but instead struggled to wriggle out of his grip. He then punched me in the chest and grabbed both collars of my jacket while huffing and puffing like a cobra,’’ Lukwago narrates.
He says the show moderator, Charles Mwanguhya moved in to restrain Ofwono from continuing his actions but his efforts did not materialize.
Lukwago says other panellists including opposition colleague Hon. Winnie Kiiza also rose to the occasion but Ofwono persisted with the attack.
‘’The wild Opondo would not relent as he continued to maul me while battering and kicking me in the stomach. Being civilized and mindful of the law of unintended consequences, which could turn out to be catastrophic, I chose not to engage in a fist fight.’’
‘’I instead concentrated on shielding my face with both palms. It was at this moment that another Panelist, the Hon. Chris Baryomunsi, Minister for ICT and National Guidance, who had all along been witnessing the melodrama, joined the duo to prevail over a rampaging Opondo,’’ Lukwago says.
He adds that even after the talk show had ended prematurely, Opondo remained shouting at top of his voice with threats of finishing him off (the Lord Mayor) in the corridors of NBS TV or outside the building.
The Lord Mayor also says the government spokesperson also made frantic calls to people he did not understand requesting ‘’reinforcement.”
‘’The DPC, Kira Road Police Station, Ssebuyungo, together with the Commander Operations, Aden Muzawula, entered an appearance with several police personnel. They made arrangements with Hon. Baryomunsi to escort me back home. Today morning, I went to Kira Road Police Station and opened up a Criminal Case before the O.C C.I.D and other Police Officers,’’ Lukwago adds further.
‘’I also moved to NBS and met with the Management to secure the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage of the said ugly scene but my efforts are yet to yield positive results. In my language, we have an old adage that; “Olaba nkaabira mubikire, naye ate ankutukidde mungalo…!.’’
He, however, says nothing will stop him in his endeavours to seek justice. He says in addition to the aforesaid criminal proceedings, civil action will also be pursued in Courts of Law in an effort to deal with what he referred to as impunity.