While speaking during a COVID-19 security meeting on Tuesday which attracted all Sub-county chiefs and Officer-in-charges of sub-county police posts at Kabale District Council Hall, new RDC Godfrey Nyakahumaissued a statement saying that the party is hereby blocked.
Security authorities have issued a statement blocking a farewell
party of Darius Nandiinda, former Kabale Resident District Commissioner -RDC.
The statement follows a petition by Pierre Mbabazi, a
resident of Ihimbi village, Nothern Division, Kabale Municipality and Rubanda
District Deputy Speaker to petition the office Kabale Resident District Commissioner
protesting that the farewell party is not supposed to happen.
Late last month, Nandiinda who had served as Kabale RDC for nine years was transferred to Nakasongola district during a mini reshuffle
by President Yoweri Museveni. The transfer of Nandiinda created mixed reactions with some of the residents in Kabale celebrating saying that they were tired of
his leadership style while others were concerned and unhappy about his
Some of Nandiinda’s supporters approached the office of the
presidency pleading for rescinding of his transfer but failed to succeed.
Last week, Nandiinda’s replacement Godfrey Nyakahuma assumed
office from Bugiri district. Nandinda however did not show up to the handover of office and Nyakahuma was only welcomed and given office by Nelson Nshangabasheija,
district LC5 Chairman and Reuben Mutabazi, District Internal Security Officer.
In stead Nandiinda himself and his supporters led by
Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, the Kabale Municipality Mayor, and Moreen Namanya, a
secretary in the Office of the Kabale RDC started collecting money to organize a
big farewell party for Friday evening this week. The party was slated to be held at SPAX BAR
& GRILL, located at Makanga hill in Kabale town and which belongs to Byamugisha.
But in a letter dated to 13th this month and addressed
to the office of the Kabale Resident District Commissioner, and copied to the
office of the Minister for Presidency, Minister for Health, Kabale District
Police Commander and Kabale District Health Officer among others, Mbabazi
argues that there is no reason for such a party to be organized in Kabale yet
the district is so far battling higher cases of COVID-19.
Mbabazi also says that with the way many people were
contributing money for the party, he is projecting that more than 20 people
will attend yet it contravenes with the presidential directives of COVID-19
Mbabazi also warned that in
case nothing is done and the party happens, he will organize other people to storm
the venue and stop it by force.
While speaking today during a COVID-19 security meeting on Tuesday
which attracted all Sub-county chiefs and Officer-in-charges of sub-county police
posts at Kabale District Council Hall, Godfrey Nyakahuma, Kabale Resident
District Commissioner issued a statement saying that the party is hereby
Nyakahuma says that he is effecting an order which he received
from the office of the president today. According
to Nyakahuma, the decision to block the party was reached as a way of creating
sanity in the district because both complainants and organizers are basing on
Nyakahuma says that he has already alerted police to
remain on standby to make sure that the party doesn’t happen.
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acting Kabale District Police Commander confirmed that he has already received a copy of Mbabazi’s petition and he is handling the matter together with the
office of the RDC.
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Our reporter was unable to get a comment from Nandiinda as he would not pick his phone.
The feud around Nandiinda started last month over Emyooga
Mbabazi was arrested for obtaining a loan of shillings 1.2 million from Treasurer
of Kabale Municipality Journalists Emyooga Sacco yet he is not a journalist.
Nandiinda ordered Mbabazi and other members
who are not journalists to return the money. By the time of his transfer neither
Mbabazi nor other members had returned the money.