Kabarole District Councillor Arrested for Insulting Ministers

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Rwenzori Regional Police Spokesperson Lydia Tumushabe says that last week, while at a consultative meeting at Buhinga playgrounds and on different radio stations in Fort Portal, Bintamanya uttered abusive words against President Yoweri Museveni.

Police in Fort Portal have arrested Jorum Bintamanya, the Councillor representing South Division in Fort Portal Municipality, for inciting violence.

Bintamanya was arrested on Tuesday afternoon at Summit Hotel in Fort Portal town by plain-clothed detectives led by David Tumusiime, the head of electoral and political crimes department at Fort Portal Police Station.

Rwenzori Regional Police Spokesperson Lydia Tumushabe says that last week, while at a consultative meeting at Buhinga playgrounds and on different radio stations in Fort Portal, Bintamanya uttered abusive words against President Yoweri Museveni.

Tumushabe also said that at the same rally, Bintamanya incited people of Tooro against some leaders who support the proposed removal of the presidential age limit from the Constitution. She adds that before his arrest, police had been collecting evidence such as recordings.

Tumushabe did not divulge details on the specific statements that were uttered by Bintamanya. 

However, a source at Fort Portal Police Station, who preferred anonymity, told URN that police received complaints from Adolf Mwesige, the Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs and Peace Mutuuzo, the State Minister for Culture over insults traded against them by Bintamanya.

The source says that the two ministers also accused Bintamanya of inciting people to attack them and their relatives.

The source further adds that the arrest of Bintamanya follows a security meeting chaired by Kabarole Resident District Commissioner Stephen Asiimwe this morning. The source says that the utterances by Bintamanya were discussed in the meeting.

By the time of filling this story, the police were yet to record a statement from Bintamanya.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.