Kabarole District Councillor Still In Police Custody

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Police alleges that Bintamanya uttered abusive words against President, Yoweri Museveni during the consultative meeting on the presidential age limit at Buhinga play grounds.

Fort portal Police are still holding Jorum Bintamanya, the South Division councilor who is accused of inciting violence and abusing president, Yoweri Museveni. 



Bintamanya was picked up on Tuesday from Summit Hotel in Fort Portal town and locked up at Fort Portal police station. Police alleges that Bintamanya uttered abusive words against President, Yoweri Museveni during the consultative meeting on the presidential age limit at Buhinga play grounds.

 
It is also alleged that the councilor who belongs to the opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party incited the people of Tooro against some leaders in the region in favor of the removal of the presidential age limit.



Bintamanya is still locked up at Fort Portal Police Station despite promises by police to arraign him in court today. This morning, Bintamanya's lawyers Kaahwa, Kafuzi and Bwiruka Company Advocates wrote to Kabarole District Police Commander, Musa Tibakirana requesting for police bond for their client.
 

In his response, Tibakairana said Bintamanya's fate will be determined at an appropriate time after consultations with higher authorities. He however, declined to reveal, which authorities he is consulting on the matter.

 
Hundreds of Bintamanya's supporters went to Fort Portal Police Station to visit him but were turned away by heavily armed police. Police only allowed Moses Byamugisha, one of the candidates vying for the FDC presidency to speak to Bintamanya. 

 
On Tuesday, police detectives searched Bintamanya's house located at Kidukuru, Fort Portal Muncipality.  Lydia Tumushabe, the Rwenzori Region Police Spokesperson refused to explain why the house was searched. 


A source at Fort Portal Police Station, who preferred anonymity, told URN that police received complaints about the councilor from Adolf Mwesige, the Defense and Veteran Affairs Minister, Peace Mutuuzo, the State Minister for Culture and Margaret Muhanga, the Burahya County Member of Parliament. The source says that the two ministers accused Bintamanya of insulting them and inciting people to attack them and their relatives.

 

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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.