Kanungu Councillors Ban RDC Mugabe From Sessions

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Kanungu district councillors have voted to bar their Resident District Commissioner Martin Mugabe from attending any of their sessions. The resolution was reached by 22 out of 23 councillors.

 Kanungu district councillors have voted to bar their Resident District Commissioner Martin Mugabe from attending any of their sessions.
 
The resolution was reached by 22 out of 23 councillors on July 28, 2014 during an extraordinary meeting.
 
Charles Beshesya, the Kanungu District speaker, said the councillors called the meeting to address security issues.
 
Among the issues the councillors wanted addressed was the re-arrest of a suspect connected to a fire at the Western Amusement Park. The Park belongs to the secretary of Kihihi Traders Association Benson Karabareme.
 
Namanya Aziz (24), a well known Amama Mbabazi supporter, was arrested in connection with the fire.
 
Namanya was re-arrested on July 21, after being released by Kanungu chief Magistrates court.
 
Six other avowed Mbabazi supporters were released on bail on the same day. They include David Turyatemba (37), Drake Atukunda (51), and Ally Rugomwa (60). They were released after posting a cash bail of 300, 000 shillings each.
 
The seven were accused of setting fire to the Western Amusement Park on July 15.
 
Kabarembe claimed that Premier Mbabazi supporters set fire to his business because they were upset with his endorsement of President Yoweri Museveni’s sole candidature on the 2nd of July 2014 at a rally held at Kihihi High school playground.
 
On that day, Karabareme handed a wooden chair painted yellow to president Museveni and stated that the people of Kanungu had endorsed a proposal for his sole candidature.
 
The councillors demanded that Namanya be released immediately.
 
Beshesya said that the councillors also accused Mugabe of intimidation and misuse of office. The councillors argued that Mugabe's actions had caused many residents to live in fear because he was trying to divide the district along lines of Museveni or Mbabazi supporters.
 
Beshesya said Mugabe was instigating security personnel to abuse the human rights of residents and this needed immediate attention.
 
The same council session ended with the suspension of the Emmy Magyezi the Kanungu town council LCV councillor.
 
The councillor has been suspended from two sittings without pay.
 
His suspension followed a motion without Notice moved by Frank Byaruhanga the Mpungu sub county LCV councillor who accused the councillor of inciting the locals.
 
Magyezi did not attend the session. The suspended councillor was absent from the session without apology according to the speaker.
 
The next council session is slated to sit in October.
 
However, Mugabe said that the councillors did not have any powers to force him to leave his post as RDC. Mugabe said he serves at the pleasure of President Museveni who appointed him.
 
Kanungu District Police Commander Peter Ongwala said arrangements were underway to release Namanya. Information later availed indicates that Namanya was released in Rukungiri, his home district.
Meanwhile Kabarembe has since said that he is no longer interested in pursuing the case of arson against the suspects.

Kabarembe said that he reached this decision after meetings with National Resistance Movement (NRM) supporters and Kanungu district leaders. He said he hopes his decision will result into a peaceful co-existence between NRM and the business community.