Minister Nsambu Wants Mengo Official Arrested for Meddling in Politics

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 John Alintuma Nsambu, the state Minister for Information and Communication Technology wants Bulu Katale, a Mengo Kingdom official arrested for meddling in politics. Bulu Katale is the representative of Kabaka Mutebi in Buddu County. According to recently passed traditional leaders act, cultural leaders and their representatives are barred from active politics. But Nsambu alleges that Katale is one of the campaign managers of his rival Florence Namayanja. Nsambu says that he has evidence that Katale is appearing at political rallies to mobilize and campaign for Namayanja in breach of the tradition leader's act. He explains that Katale has been making political statements against him but when he responds back they accuse of fighting Mengo. He argues that since Katale represents Kabaka in Buddu he is immediately stop meddling in politics or face arrest. // Cue in: "A person by the names...." Cue out: "...using the Kingdom."// But Katale says that despite being a Mengo loyalist he is not a cultural leader saying that there is no law barring him from engaging in politics. Katale, who is a staunch NRM supporter, explains that he decided to campaign for Florence Namayanja when Nsambu openly abused the Kabaka of Buganda. He argues that although he supports and campaigns for President Museveni, Nsambu who is the NRM candidate for Bukoto East does not deserve any vote because he uncultured. He alleges that he also has evidence that Minister Nsambu instead of telling the voters what he will do for them; he openly belittles Kabaka Mutebi as a very small person like other human being. Mengo has not yet commented on the matter. The relationship between Mengo and Minister Nsambu started deteriorating in 2007, when Nsambu threatened to close the Buganda owned CBS radio. Trouble started when CBS carried a story in which the minister was accused of issuing a bounced cheque to farmers in Rakai.


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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.