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Chaos As Residents Throw Punches At Minister Nantaba



Police in Kayunga District are investigating an incident that happened at Kayunga Magistrates Court on Wednesday when residents attempted to beat up ICT State Minister Ida Nantaba for allegedly insulting them.

Ms Nantaba, also Kayunga Woman Member of Parliament, was at the court located at Ntenjeru to stand surety for her supporter, Ali Mujomba, who was recently charged with malicious damage to property.

Mujomba is alleged to have broken into Bukolooto Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kayunga Town and thrown away the public address system donated by Kayunga District chairman Moses Karangwa, who does not see eye to eye with Ms Nantaba.

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Some supporters of Mr Karangwa and Christians from Bukolooto Seventh Day Adventist Church waited for the minister to come out of court after it refused to grant Mujomba bail.

On getting out of court, the supporters, mainly women began throwing insults at the minister whom they accused of being inhuman and instructing Mujomba to destroy the public address system of a church because of politics.

“Where did you put morals? A whole minister? You are shameless. How do you destroy church property all in the name of politics?” one woman retorted.

This attracted the minister’s attention who accused the group of being “stupid and vagabonds.”

At this moment, two women charged at the minister and attempted to punch her but were restrained by the minister’s aide who put the minister in her car and drove off.

Although both subscribing to the ruling NRM party, Ms Nantaba and Mr Karangwa are bitter enemies who have clashed on several occasions.

Ms Nantaba accuses Karangwa of planning her political downfall while Mr Karangwa accuses Nantaba of undermining him politically.

In 2016, Nantaba snubbed three functions presided over by President Yoweri Museveni in the district, insisting that she could attend a function organized by her political rival Karangwa.

“I have all along said that I will never attend a function organized by Karangwa and I have also said that I will not return to NRM unless he (Karangwa) relinquishes that post. I still stand by my word,” Ms Nantaba said in an interview.

 



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