Mbabazi Supporter Abducted, Beaten, Car Torched Top story

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Hours before John Patrick Amama Mbabazi begins his presidential campaign in Masaka, the Go-Forward youth coordinator Meddie Kikomeko is nursing injuries after he was abducted and beaten up. Kikomekos white Nissian UAB 873 L was also burnt during the attack.

Hours before John Patrick Amama Mbabazi begins his presidential campaign in Masaka, the Go-Forward youth coordinator Meddie Kikomeko is nursing injuries after he was abducted and beaten up.
                      
Kikomeko's white Nissan Sunny UAB 873L was also burnt during the attack.
 
The incident occurred on Saturday night at Kabosa village in Lugusulu sub county, Sembabule district.
 
Kikomeko says that he was moving door to door urging residents to turn up in big numbers for former premier Mbabazi's first presidential campaign rally in Masaka. He was also putting up Mbabazi posters. He was approached by two men who ordered him to get into his car.
 
The men commanded Kikomeko to drive towards the Lugusulu sub county headquarters.
 
However, as they approached Kabosa village, the men asked him why he was putting up Mbabazi posters. The men then beat him up and set his car on fire in a forest near the village.
 
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Vincent Kimbugwe, the Mawogola South Constituency coordinator of Go Forward condemns the violence.
 
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Noah Sserunjogi, the greater Masaka region police spokesperson, says police is looking for the two men who set fire to Kikomeko's car.

Sserunjogi says anyone found defacing campaign posters will be arrested.

Mbabazi team campaign coordinator MP Mathias Mpuuga says they have been receiving reports of their supporters being intimidated.

Mpuuga is the Masaka municipality MP.

Mpuuga says the threats will not deter Mbabazi supporters from turning out in large numbers to welcome him at Golf Course Grounds on Monday.

Mpuuga says the rally was given the go ahead by police. Mbabazi will lead a procession from Lukaya town council to Masaka.

NB: We have since established that Kikomeko's car was a Nissan Sunny not Premio as earlier reported.
 

 

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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.

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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.