Ofwono Opondo summoned by police over Lukwago NBS attack
In response to allegations that he physically beat up Erias Lukwago on Thursday night's Frontline show on NBS TV, Kira Road Police Station has summoned government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo to file a statement. FILE PHOTO

Ofwono Opondo has been summoned to the Kira Road Police Station to give a statement over allegations that he physically abused Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago on Thursday’s Frontline program.

Kira Road Police Station has summoned government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo to report to their office and record a statement over allegations that he physically beat up Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago on NBS TV’s Frontline program on Thursday night. 

According to Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy police spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan, the Kira road station last week received a complaint from Lukwago that he had been beaten and punched in the chest by the government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo while debating on a show.

Lukwago says the attack also led to an early end to the show.

“Police have opened up a general inquiry file for open investigation and it will enable us to record statements from the witnesses who could have been there watching the incident and also get a statement from that person who is being accused, who is Ofwono Opondo and from there, the file will be forwarded to the state attorney for legal advice,” Owoyesigyire said confirming the summons.

Meanwhile, in his statement, 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 narrated that from nowhere, the government spokesperson rose up 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 said the show moderator, Charles Mwangushya moved in to restrain Ofwono from continuing his actions but his efforts did not materialize. 

Lukwago said 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 panellist, 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 added that even after the talk show had ended prematurely, Opondo remained shouting on 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 for ‘’reinforcement.”

‘’The DPC, Kira Road Police Station, Ssebuyungo, together with the Commander Operations, Aden Muzawula, entered 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…!.’’