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Walukuba west resident sprayed with tear gas as new speaker sworn- in

By Doreen Musingo

Added 17th June 2016 09:01 PM

Otuba was arrested by Felix Mugizi,Jinja District Police Commander at walukuba community centre gate as he tried to get access to the main hall where elections were to be held.

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Otuba being arrested by-both plain and uniform-police officers

Otuba was arrested by Felix Mugizi,Jinja District Police Commander at walukuba community centre gate as he tried to get access to the main hall where elections were to be held.

Resident of Walukuba west in Jinja municipality were on Friday morning sprayed with tear gas by police after they tried blocking police from arresting James Otuba who belongs to Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party and was contesting for speakership.

Otuba was arrested by Felix Mugizi,Jinja District Police Commander at walukuba community centre gate as he tried to get access to the main hall where elections were to be held.

  	tuba in black court after arrest Otuba in black court after arrest.

 

 

This was the fourth time council was being called to elect a speaker and also appoint the executive. He was contesting against Fred Nebata of National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.

Mugizi said Otuba was wanted by police over aggravated robbery of sh25m. He explained that his accomplice only identified as Kaddu and driver where already on remand at Kirinya prisons for six months.

“We have been looking for this man for over three months, he had disguised himself because all along we knew he had dreadlocks yet he had cut them off. We were tipped off he would be here and had to mount security to arrest him,” he noted.

He said the robbery took place in Bugembe and that his file on case number CRB2900/2015 was already sanctioned. He denied that police deployment was not political but criminal.  

 

Later after his arrest council kicked off presided by Peter Mawerere the division town clerk and witnessed by Peter Mutala grade one magistrate. With a quorum of 12 councilors out of 18 Nabeta went unopposed.

However some councilors asked the magistrate for a period of two days to prepare themselves but in his reply he said he was called at short notice to witness swearing in of the new executive and speaker.

“My role is only to witness and administer oath, if one member is absent and according to law you have quorum then business must go on. If anyone has been harassed or assaulted report to police and we shall hear the case in court,” he urged.

Nabeta was sworn speaker, Judith Nabesere his deputy who both went unopposed. Other members are Ida Tende for social works, Carol Namakonze for finance and Hassan Wassa as the vice chairperson all from NRM.

David Kyasanku Jinja town clerk they had to seek police services to give law and order. He said since they had gotten a speaker and executive the division is ready for service delivery.

“Councilors have just finished an induction course and didn’t expect them to abandon council, am happy that you are now fully constituted and we are ready to support you,” he said

 

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