District Speaker Arrested over 12-year-long Defilement case

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His arrest comes barely three weeks after ascending to the District Speaker's seat in a hotly contested race against another contender William Matovu.

Mark Twijuke, the newly elected Speaker of Lwengo District Council has been arrested over an alleged defilement that occurred in 2002, over 12 years ago. He was arrested from Kyazanga town council this afternoon.
 
His arrest comes barely three weeks after ascending to the District Speaker's seat in a hotly contested race against another contender William Matovu.
 
Noah Sserungoji, the greater Masaka region police spokesperson has confirmed the arrest, although he declined to divulge details of the case. He however said the victim of the crime committed in Kyazanga town council, was a 13 year old girl.
 
But Mark Twijuke says his arrest is politically motivated. He links it to the outcome of the poll in which he defeated William Matovu, the candidate backed by the District chairman George Mutabaazi.
 
George Mutabaazi, the Lwengo LC5 chairman has denied influencing the arrest and dismissed the claim as rubbish, before switching off the connection.
 
At the time of filing this report, Mark Twijuke was being relocated to Masaka High Court.
 
 

 

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Edward Bindhe
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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.