Mbale Town Clerk Under Fire Over Museveni's Portrait Top story

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Paul Omoko, the Mbale Municipality Town Clerk is in trouble over alleged vandalism of President Yoweri Museveni’s portrait.

Paul Omoko, the town clerk Mbale municipality is under fire from NRM activists for allegedly vandalizing President Yoweri Museveni’s portrait. The Mbale NRM Yellow Brigade accuses Omoko of using mercenaries to destroy the portrait which was placed on the roof of their offices on plot 60 Naboa road. 

Hussein Magombe, the chairman Mbale NRM Yellow Fire Brigade has already written to the local government to complain about the matter and seeking his intervention. In his letter, Magombe claims that on September 27th 2013, a group of Mbale municipal council law enforcement officers numbering to 40 demolished their building saying it was illegal.
He said besides demolishing the building, the law enforcement officers went ahead and destroyed Museveni’s portrait, which was on top of the building.  As a result, Adolf Mwesige, the Minister of Local Government wrote to Omoko on October 10th demanding an explanation on the allegations within two weeks.
URN has also learnt that General Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police also wrote to Jacob Opolot, the Elgon Regional Police Commander to expeditiously investigate the matter and submit a report to his office. Attempts to get a comment from Omoko were futile. However, James Kutosi, the Mbale Municipal Public Relations Officer has defended the demolition exercise.

Kutosi says the building in question was illegally being constructed on the verandah in breach of the Urban Authority and Physical planning Act 2010. Kutosi who claims to have witnessed the demolition exercise, denies allegations of vandalizing Museveni’s portrait. He says the portrait in question was not there at the time of demolition.

Jacob Opolot, the Elgon Regional Police Commander says preliminary investigation indicates that The Yellow Fire Brigade members are using Museveni’s Portrait to justify their illegal construction, which he says is against the law.

Opolot says they have also established that the Portrait in question was not vandalized as it is being claimed by the complainants.   
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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.