Kabarole District Councillor Joram Bintamanya Released on Bond

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Bintamanya was released on Thursday evening after two days in detention. Herbert Mugisa, the LCIII Chairperson of South Division and Peter Bazira, the district Councillor representing West Division stood surety for Bintamanya.

Kabarole District Councillor Joram Bintamanya has been released on police bond.

Bintamanya was released on Thursday evening after two days in detention. Herbert Mugisa, the LCIII Chairperson of South Division and Peter Bazira, the district Councillor representing West Division stood surety for Bintamanya.

He had been arrested on allegations of inciting violence.

Rwenzori regional police spokesperson Lydia Tumushabe says that while at a consultative meeting at Buhinga playgrounds last week, 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.

In one of the recordings taken from the rally, Bintamanya stated that Museveni's ministers lack substance and reason by blindly supporting the lifting of the Presidential age limit to allow Museveni to seek for another term. He specifically points out Defence Minister Adolf Mwesige and Peace Mutuuzo, the state minister for Culture.

"Museveni's ministers have not brought any value to the country but instead enjoy the perks that come with being a minister." Museveni can tell them to sleep in a latrine and they will blindly do so", he said.

Bintamanya added that President Museveni should be given a 1 billion Shillings moving toilet, with several ambulances and doctors as a retirement package.  Police says the statements were unbecoming, incited people against the leaders, most of whom hail from the same area and promoted hate speech.

After his release, police escorted Bintamanya to his home to avoid a procession in Fort Portal town that was planned by his supporters. He has been ordered to report back to police on November 16.

 

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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.