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MP Tinkasiimire blocked from attending rival’s wedding

By: Ronald Tumusiime and David Ayebale

Kibaale: Buyaga West Member of Parliament Barnabas Tinkasiimire was at the weekend arrested by police as he allegedly attempted for force his way to a wedding ceremony of his political rival, Mr Dennis Namara.

Mr Namara is a presidential adviser on youth affairs, who is vying to unseat him. The wedding was also attended by President Museveni and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi. Riot police stopped Mr Tinkasimire, who was travelling in his Land Cruiser vehicle, about a kilometre away from the wedding reception at Ruteete playground in Ruteete Town Board, Kibaale District.

Reason for arrest

But when he insisted on going to the venue, he was arrested and driven to Kibaale Police Station, where he was held up to yesterday afternoon when he was granted police bond.

The Mid-western Region police spokesperson, Ms Lydia Tumushabe, told the Daily Monitor that Mr Tinkasiimire was arrested over traffic offences and failure to obey lawful orders issued by the security personnel guarding the President.

“The legislator was forcing himself to the party venue with his car which the security denied but he continued to enter and wanted to cause chaos which we did want,” said Ms Tumushabe.

Mr Patrick Zimurinda, who was head of communication for the function, said Mr Tinkasiimire had not been issued an invitation card for the function even though it was in his constituency. After his release, he moved through Kagadi and Muhoro towns in a motorcade accompanied by jubilating boda boda cyclists.

Museveni’s advice

At the function, President Museveni cautioned leaders of Kibaale not to pester him over the creation of new districts. “I would like us to commit our resources to sectors that will help you to create wealth, so I no longer want such demands for popularity than services,” said Mr Museveni.

“The issue of new districts has been misused by even sub- counties demanding a district status, therefore this move was suspended but for Kagadi we shall see in future after handling the urgent matters of Uganda,” said Museveni.

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