Kabarole Councillor Remanded For Assaulting Journalist

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Jorum Bintamanya was arrested on Wednesday for assaulting Edris Lukwago, a journalist working with Uganda Broadcasting Corporation- UBC.

Jorum Bintamanya, the Kabarole district councillor representing South Division, Fort Portal Muncipality, has been remanded to Katojo Prison for assaulting a journalist. 

Bintamanya was arrested on Wednesday for assaulting Edris Lukwago, a journalist working with Uganda Broadcasting Corporation- UBC.

Court presided over by Nasifa Namayanja , the Grade One Magistrate Fort Portal heard that Lukwago was assaulted by Bintamanya on Monday night after Lukwago's camera and laptop were stolen. 

On Monday night equipment belonging to three journalists covering the land probe team was stolen from their rooms at Vistours Hotel by unknown people. 

It is alleged that after the equipment was stolen, while outside the hotel, the journalists stopped Fr. Dominic Tumusiime of Fort Portal Diocese who was carrying a bag. The journalists ordered Tumusiime to open the bag and check if there was a laptop. 

When Tumusiime refused, the journalists threatened to take him to Fort Portal Police Station.  A scuffle erupted attracting Bintamanya who was standing metres away from the hotel. 

Bintamanya then slapped and boxed Lukwago for embarrassing Father Tumusiime. 

Namayanja remanded Bintamanya until March 6th. 

 

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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.