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Kikuube district councilor who attacked minister Byamukama jailed

KIKUUBE– Nestole Tumwesigye, the Kikuube district councilor for Kyangwali Sub-county, who attacked the state Minister for Works,  Fred Byamukama, has been charged with two counts of; threatening violence and inciting violence.

He was charged and remanded to Kiryateete Prisons for two weeks by Grade One Magistrate Esther Asiime.

Prosecution led Julius Oncheng, told court that on June 29, 2022, the councilor threatened to harm or kill minister Byamukama who was on official duty as he and other officials met leaders going to implement the Parish Development Model [PDM] in Kikuube district.

Prosecution further added that on the same day at Rujunju village at Kikuube district headquarters in Kiziranfumbi town council, councilor Tumwesigye incited the councilors and the parish chiefs against Minister Byamukama.

However, Tumwesigye pleaded not guilty to the charges and through his lawyer, Rimon Kasija Amooti of Kabega, Bogezi & Bukenya Advocates, applied for court bail but he was denied the same.

Lawyer Kaija told court that his client suffers from hypertension, adding that he needed to go home and take the medicine which was not in prison.

But prosecution argued that court could not grant the convicted councilor bail on grounds that the medical forms indicate he stopped taking the said medicine in 2020.

Prosecution further averred that the suspect was also out on court bail after allegedly assaulting his fellow councilor who they did not mention, adding that this indicated that Tumwesigye was not ready to reform, and that the latest offence against the minister confirmed his unchecked violent behaviour

After submissions from both sides, Magistrate Asiimwe denied the suspect bail and sent him to prison until July 14, 2022.

Nestole Tumwesigye was arrested last Wednesday after he attacked minister Byamukama who was in Kikuube district to sensitise leaders and technical staff about the PDM.

Tumwesigye tried to violently oppose the minister’s order to arrest parish chiefs, who had been accused of demanding ‘registration’ money from the beneficiaries of PDM.

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