Mirundi, Minister Mutagamba Accused of Starring Campaign Violence

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Tamale Mirundi, the Presidential Press Secretary and Water and Environment Minister Maria Mutagamba have been accused of starring campaign violence in Rakai district. They are accused together with Vincent Ssekamula, Rakai LC5 Chairman and Pious Mujjuzi, the incumbent Kyotera county MP who are contesting for re-election. The accusations stem from the recent cases of campaign violence against some candidates in the district. Haruna Kasolo Kyeyune, an independent candidate for Kyotera County seat was recently attacked and his car vandalized by suspected members of the NRM youth brigade. Kasolo blames the attack on Tamale Miruundi, the Presidential Press Secretary, who he says has repeatedly threatened to shoot him for contesting against the incumbent. According to Kasolo, Miruundi has also threatened his supporters in Matale parish and entire Kabila and Kalisizo town council to stop supporting him or else they are beaten up. Kasolo, who brags about overwhelming support, says he has reported the matter to police for investigations but police seems to have chickened out. // Cue in: "He holds many meetings...." Cue out: "....to be caned."// Mande Lugumya, the DP Kyotera Town council LC3 candidate and Joy Mukisa, the Rakai District council speaker are also accusing Minister Mutagamba and Ssemakula, the LC5 NRM candidate of starring violence against their supporters. Joy Mukisa, the NRM candidate for Kifamba sub county councilor's seat claims that the two officials move with a group of NRM youths led by Frank Kasibante who beat up their voters. Mukisa accuses the Kasibante lead group of manhandling him and threatening to shoot him with his pistol. // Cue in: "Kasibante Frank....." Cue out: "...Rakai police."// Mukisa says that some of his supporters have threatened to boycott the polls because of the campaign violence. Tamale Mirundi, the Presidential Press Secretary and Maria Mutagamba, have declined to comment on the matter. When URN contacted Tamale Miruundi, unidentified man picked his phone and said Miruundi was still in a meeting. Vincent Ssemakula, the Rakai LC5 Chairman has admitted establishing a group of NRM youths to mobilize support for President Yoweri Museveni. He however denies that the group is involved in any violence. // Cue in: "But they are not militarized..... Cue out: ....militias are trained." Alex Twebaze, the Rakai DPC has not yet commented on the matter as he was reportedly away in Kasensero to investigate a fire break out. Jackie Ngura, the Rakai returning officer says she plans to convene a crisis meeting before the polls for the accused to defend themselves.


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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.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

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.