Home of Mbabazi's Coordinator in Sembabule Burnt

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Go-Forward coordinator in Sembabule district, Dick Kizza suspects he was attacked because he supports independent presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi.

The home of the Go-Forward coordinator in Sembabule district, Dick Kizza has been burnt down.
The home was burnt down this morning at about 1am at Dispensary Zone in Sembabule town council.
It alleged that unknown arsonists set ablaze the home on fire before fleeing the scene.
Kizza says he had just returned from the field when he heard someone outside his house. He says moments later, he heard an explosion which triggered fire outside the house.

Kizza adds that seconds later, fire spread around the house. He used the window and escaped unhurt. He says neighbours intervened but they could not save any property.

Kizza suspects he was attacked because he supports independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi.

He alleges that a team of National Resistance Movement members in Sembabule led by David Kabanda, the Sembabule district NRM Youth Chairperson have ever threatened him for supporting Mbabazi.

David Kabanda, the Sembabule District Youth Chairperson declined to comment on the matter when contacted.
The Sembabule District Police Commander, Anatoli Katungwesi has confirmed the incident. He says police have started investigating the incident. Nobody has been arrested so far in relation to the fire.

This is the third fire incident in the region. Early this month, unknown people arrested Meddie Kikomeko, another Mbabazi supporter, beat him up and set his vehicle on fire.

Last month, the National Resistance Movement party offices were set on fire over suspected election malpractices.

Police has since arrested 13 NRM members for the fire that burnt their offices. They were released on police bond pending investigations.


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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.