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Kabarole councillor arrested for insulting ministers, Museveni

Police in Fort Portal have arrested Joram Bintamanya, the councillor representing South Division in Fort Portal municipality, for inciting violence.

Bintamanya was arrested on Tuesday afternoon at Summit hotel in Fort Portal town by plain-clothed detectives led by David Tumusiime, the head of electoral and political crimes department at Fort Portal police station.

Rwenzori regional police spokesperson Lydia Tumushabe says that last week, while at a consultative meeting at Buhinga playgrounds and on different radio stations in Fort Portal, Bintamanya uttered abusive words against President Yoweri Museveni.

Joram Bintamanya

Tumushabe also said that at the same rally, Bintamanya incited people of Tooro against some leaders who support the proposed removal of the presidential age limit from the Constitution. She adds that before his arrest, police had been collecting evidence such as recordings.

Tumushabe did not divulge details on the specific statements that were uttered by Bintamanya. 

However, a source at Fort Portal police, who preferred anonymity, told URN that police received complaints from Adolf Mwesige, the minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs and Peace Mutuuzo, the state minister for Culture over insults traded against them by Bintamanya.

The source says that the two ministers also accused Bintamanya of inciting people to attack them and their relatives for blindly supporting the age limit removal. The source further adds that the arrest of Bintamanya follows a security meeting chaired by Kabarole resident district commissioner Stephen Asiimwe this morning. The source says that the utterances by Bintamanya were discussed in the meeting.

In one of the recordings circulating on social media, Bintamanya says Museveni's ministers act as if they "do not reason" and lack "substance" by blindly supporting lifting of the age limit to allow Museveni to seek for another term.

He said only "fools" can serve in Museveni's government. He added that Museveni's ministers have not brought any value to the country but instead enjoy the perks that come with being a minister. He said Mutuuzo brought a passion fruits project to her area instead of industries that would employ the many jobless youths.

"Museveni can tell them to sleep in a latrine and they will blindly do so", he said. 

He said as a retirement package, Museveni should be given a Shs 1 billion moving toilet, with several ambulances and doctors to look after him because 35 years in power is more than enough.

He said Museveni "should have mercy" and leave power when his term ends in 2021.

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