Mbabazi Supporters Arraigned In Court Amid Tight Security Top story

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Seven out of the eleven suspects arrested in relation to electoral clashes in Ntungamo district have been produced in court amid tight security.

Security has been beefed up at the Ntungamo Magistrates' court as suspects of the presidential campaign violence appeared.
 
Seven of the eleven suspects were produced before Magistrate Richard Ndangwa this morning.

Ntungamo District Police Commander, Baker Kawonawo says four other suspects are still being investigated for the said crimes.
 
These include a radio presenter - Lawrence Mugabe alias King of Sir Apollo Kaggwa Road in Kampala, Robison Muhangi of Makindye in Kampala, and two others whose identity he refused to disclose.
 
The seven suspects produced before court include Frank Kabali of Kiganda Zone in Kampala, Benon Turyamureeba of Mengo Hill Road in Kampala, Eria Mayinja of Kasokoso Village in Kiira Division, Abdullah Kasajja of Luzira in Kampala, Jamil Mutebi of Kalungu district, George Ssebatindira of Kazo in Kawempe and Asadu Semakula of Kazinga village in Nsangi, Wakiso district.
 
These face charges of assault, causing grievous harm and malicious damage of property.
 
Relatives of the suspects not produced in court were bitter with the continued detention of their people beyond the mandatory 48 hours.

James Nuwamanya, an uncle to Lawrence Mugabe, one of the suspects in detention says they came expecting to stand surety for him but he was not produced in court.

The DPC Kawonawo also said Amama Mbabazi's head of security, Christopher Aine is not among the people police arrested in relation to the Ntungamo clashes.

On 13th December, 2015, supporters of presidential candidates; Amama Mbabazi and Yoweri Museveni clashed at both Kitwe town council market ground and Kyamate playground in Ntungamo district, leaving several of them injured.

 

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Mariam Kabasongora
Mariam Kabasongora is the Mbarara URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under her docket. Kabasongora has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Kabasongora began her career as a reporter for Messiah Radio in Kasese in 2001. She was subsequently a reporter with Endigyito Radio in 2005, Voice of Kigezi in Kabale between 2002 and 2005 and a freelance reporter with URN from 2007 to 2010. She was the news editor with Voice of Kamwenge in that district from 2008 to 2010.

Kabasongora covers agriculture, local government, health and faith stories. She is also interested in politics.