Kalangala Ferry PRO Held over Assault

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Namuyinbwa denies disrupting the BMU meeting saying that she only asked Kayondo to call it off because it was getting late. She says instead, Kayondo reacted by ordering goons to arrest her before they tied her on a tree and started caning her.

  Meddie Kayondo, the spokesperson of Kalangala Infrastructure Services limited -KIS, the firm managing MV Pearl is in trouble for alleged assault. Kayondo was picked up by police on Wednesday morning for allegedly beating up 16-year-old Naluyimba Rashida, a resident of Kamwanyi Village in Bujumba Sub County during a beach management unit meeting he was chairing. It is alleged that Kayondo who also doubles as the Chairperson of the Beach Management Unit accused the minor of disrupting the meeting.

Namuyimbwa claims that Kayondo roughed her up and tied her on a tree before he started assaulting her. She claims she lost two teeth during the assault. Namuyinbwa denies disrupting the BMU meeting saying that she only asked Kayondo to call it off because it was getting late.  She says instead, Kayondo reacted by ordering goons to arrest her before they tied her on a tree and started caning her. Alfred Okello, the Kalangala Criminal Investigations officer says they arrested Kayondo after a case of assault was reported.

He says police found Namuyimbwa tied on a tree as punishment for causing commotion at the meeting. Okello explains that the minor had bruises on her body and lost two teeth. He says the suspect who is detained at Kalangala central police faces charges of assault and illegal detention.  Meddie Kayondo denies all the charges saying they are politically motivated because of his stand against illegal fishing activities in his area. He accuses Steven Chanco, the Kalangala town council fisheries officer for fabricating charges against him after he named him in illegal fishing activities. 

Kayondo admits calling a meeting but says that he was not involved in assaulting the minor.  Steven Chinco, the Kalangala Town Council fisheries officer has not commented on the allegations made against him by Kayondo.