Abel Bizimana, the Kisoro LCV chairman was yesterday charged by the Kisoro Grade I Magistrates court with assault and causing bodily harm, and released on bail.
Bizimana appeared before Magistrate Moses Kule, where prosecution led by the Kisoro State Attorney Joel Kakuru told court that he on 6th November 2017, while at Shozi Village in Nyakabande Sub County, assaulted and caused bodily harm to one Pascal Hashaka, contrary to the Penal Code Act Cap 236.
Court heard that Bizimana slapped Hashaka in the face, injuring his left eye as the latter tried to explain to him why a piece of land had been left out of the Rwivovo land, during a survey by the Ministry of Lands.
This land is the proposed site for the construction of John Kale Institute of Science and Technology.
Bizimana denied all charges and asked Court through his lawyer Alexander Kibandama to be released on bail, having presented 3 sureties.
But the state attorney Kakuru objected to the release, poking holes in the substantiality of the sureties.
He noted that none of the three came from the chairman’s village, and that they were unlikely to ensure that Bizimana doesn’t jump bail, being that he is the district chairman.
In the midst of the back and forth, Chairman Bizimana broke down in the dock and started weeping, much to the bemusement of the court goers.
Magistrate Kule then adjourned court for 15 minutes to allow him cool down.
The magistrate later ruled in the chairman’s favour, noting that his case was minor and that he has no criminal record.
Bizimana was released on a cash bail of Shs500.000 while his three sureties were each bonded at 10 million each.
The case was adjourned to 11th June 2018 for further mention since investigations are still ongoing.
This assault case comes at a time when Mr Bizimana is battling more Defamation, Libel and Slander charges at the Kabale High Court.
He is accused by John Nizeyimana Kamara, the Bufumbira North Member of parliament of referring to him as a mad person, and his voters as animals that belong in a farm.