Minister Banyenzaki, Kabale Deputy RDC Fight Over Radio Comments

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During the talk show, Niwagaba is said to have bad mouthed Banyanzeki, the Rubanda East MP claiming that he has accumulated so many debts adding that once re-elected he may sell the constituency.

There was a fist fight between Henry Banyenzaki, the State Minister for Economic Monitoring in the office of the president and outgoing Kabale Deputy Resident District Commissioner Moses Niwagaba on Saturday. The fight occurred on Saturday evening at Omukidebe Rubaare Town council in Ntungamo district.
 
Trouble started after Niwagaba was invited to a political radio talk show on Voice of Kigezi on Saturday morning to comment about politics in Kabale for the last time before he relocates to Mitooma district following his transfer. During the talk show, Niwagaba is said to have bad mouthed Banyanzeki, the Rubanda East MP claiming that he has accumulated so many debts adding that once re-elected he may sell the constituency.
 
He also claimed that Banyenzaki was accusing him for abandoning his work station in Kabale district because he had turned down his request to appoint him as his campaign manager and failed to refund his money he paid to fulfill some of his pledges. Niwagaba claimed that he turned down Banyezaki's because the electorates are fed up of the minister because of his lies and mudslinging politics.
 
The utterances of Niwagaba prompted Banyenzaki to dash to Kabale from Kampala.  He reportedly bumped into Niwagaba at Kidebbe Rubaare town in Ntungamo district and started pursuing him. Niwagaba says that he was driving alone in his vehicle while being followed by another vehicle from Kabale town when he met Banyenzaki in Rubaare. 



He says the minister turned off at a Pump fuel station and drove behind him and overtook after about a kilometer. He says Banyenzaki parked his Nissan Double cabin vehicle in front of his vehicle and jumped out with his bodyguard. Niwagaba says he decided to lock the windows of his vehicle and pack by the roadside prompting Banyenzaki's body guard to pick up huge stones by roadside to smash his windscreen.
 
Niwagaba moved out the vehicle and a bitter exchange of words ensued. Francis Katusiime Congo, an eye witness says the two officials exchanged harsh words before a fist fight ensued attracting several onlookers. It took the intervention of Justine Mbabazi, the acting Ntungamo RDC to stop the fight and escort Niwagaba to Ntungamo Central Police Station where he opened up a case of theft of a Government vehicle, his phones, an ipad, and foodstuffs against the minister.
 
Bosco Gume Ssalongo, the Ntungamo District Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Officer says preliminary charges of robbery have been preferred against the minister who is on run. He says the minister drove off with the RDC's vehicle with his property.

 
Banyenzaki told URN shortly after the incident that he had to intercept Niwagaba and remove a government vehicle from him since he was misusing it and had failed to report to his new duty station in Mitooma district. Banyenzaki says he retained the Government vehicle and will hand over to the president for further action.