Lwengo officials on Trial for Withholding Public Information

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Janat Nabateregga, the Lwengo Town Clerk and Hajj Nasir Mutazibwa, the LC3 Chairperson are wanted to respond to concerns raised in a private criminal suit filed by water consumers for denying them access to information on the cost of water.

Two senior officials in Lwengo Town Council have been issued with fresh summons to answer to charges of withholding public information.

Janat Nabateregga, the Lwengo Town Clerk and Hajj Nasir Mutazibwa, the LC3 Chairperson are wanted to respond to concerns raised in a private criminal suit filed by water consumers for denying them access to information on the cost of water.

The residents allege that the town council failed to streamline the cost of water. They add that although the Ministry of Water and Environment set the cost of each water unit at 2200 Shillings, the town council charges between 2500 and 2900 Shillings.

A unit of water has 800 liters, an equivalent of 50 jerry cans of water.

The residents evoked their right to information under article 41 of the constitution of Uganda to demand for information on the water payment services. However, their plea did not yield results, prompting legal action.

But the two officials snubbed the first summons in which they were needed to appear in court on April 24th. Mary Ikit, the Masaka Chief Magistrate has issued fresh summons requiring them to appear before the same court on May 27th this year.

 

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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.