Election Disputes Hit Rakai Again

Tension is mounting in Rakai district, where supporters of Joy Mukisa, the Rakai district Council Speaker, have allegedly been beaten in the presence of the police. Mukisa, the NRM candidate for the Rakai district LC5 seat, says that his supporters were attacked and beaten at Manya trading center in Kifamba Sub County. Trouble started when Mutagamba, who was campaigning for Mukisa's rival, Joseph Ssemakula Kolofi, (Independent) stormed Mukisa's home and started campaigning for his rival. Ssemakula lost to Mukisa in the NRM primaries last year. Mukisa is seeking re-election to represent Kifamba Sub County. Eyewitnesses say, the minister's action angered and provoked Mukisa's supporters. They pounced on the minister and impounded her car registration number UAJ 856R. Aidah Nasolo, who witnessed the scuffle, explains that a fierce fight broke out between Mukisa's supporters and Mutagamba's supporters. Mukisa's supporters pelted stones and bricks to Mutagamba's supporters leaving scores injured. Nasolo says more than 20 sticks which were meant to be used to cane Mukisa's supporters were also impounded from Minister Mutagamba's car. This morning, Joy Mukisa, travelled to Masaka to report Mutagamba and Alex Twebaze to the police profession standard unit, for special investigations. Mukisa explains police have done nothing about the five cases he has so far lodged against the minister. He accuses the Alex Twebaze the Rakai District Police Commander of staying aloof, as the minister continue to stir violence in the area. The visibly irritated Mukisa, says that on Monday night, he called the DPC and asked him to send police to intervene, but nothing was done, despite the fact that Mutagamba pointed a gun at him. Mukisa wants the special standards unit to investigate why the DPC has failed to disarm the minister. // Cue in: "My people arrested her..." Cue out: ".... by the DPC."// The DPC says that when Mukisa annoyed his junior police officers when he turned up at Kifamba police post, so arrogant and bitter. The DPC however claims that the campaign violence cases are under investigation by his officers irrespective of the people involved. Mutagamba has refused to comment on the matter. But Rose Mary Nasejje, the minister's aid who witnessed the fighting, has blamed it on drunkenness. She claims that they were just retiring from Kifamba Sub County where Mutagamba had gone to thank her supporters for re-electing her when about 200 supporters of Mukisa, pounced on them and beat them up. Nassejje claims that Mukisa had bought booze to his supporters who appeared very drunk already. Recently, Minister Mutagamba was also implicated in the spate of campaign violence against Kyeyuna Kasolo, the newly elected Kyotera MP. The MP accused her and Tamale Mirundi, of threatening to shoot him for standing against incumbent NRM loser Pious Mujjuzi.


About the author

Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

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.