NRM Spokesperson Charged With Assault
By Serestino Tusingwire
Rodgers Mulindwa, the NRM spokesperson was on Tuesday charged assault and malicious damage by the Masaka Magistrates Court.
Mulindwa is accused of assaulting Edward Bindhe, a journalist working with Uganda Radio Network on May 12, 2015 while at Garden Courts Hotel located at Sazza, Katwe-Butengo division in Masaka Municipality.
Bindhe and other journalists had gone to cover the launch of sole candidate campaign for President Yoweri Museveni spearheaded by Justine Kasule Lumumba, the NRM Secretary General.
Adams Byarugaba, a grade two Magistrate who presided over court heard that, when Bindhe entered the Hall where Lumumba had just started addressing the NRM members in the region, two NRM officials, a lady and gentleman, stopped him from recording and asked him to go out.
While outside, the two officials told him he was not allowed to cover the function since he had come after registration had ended.
A few minutes later, Mulindwa reportedly arrived and asked Bindhe to leave the Hotel on grounds that he was wearing a light blue shirt which indicated he was a spy from the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party.
Mulindwa allegedly grabbed the journalist by the neck, slapped him and dragged him out of the hotel.
In the process, Bindhe’s pair of spectacles was smashed.
The state attorney Joanita Kwikiriza told court that investigations were complete and that the key witnesses were available for cross examination.
Mulindwa was later released on a cash bail of Shs200, 000 and his three sureties were bonded at a non-cash bail of Shs2m each.
The case was adjourned to November 8.