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Fort Portal Journalists Thrown Out of Gen Saleh Meeting

Festus Bandeba, the deputy Resident District Commissioner Kabarole, says that the journalists were blocked because they have been misreporting about General Salehs activities in the Rwenzori region.
Dick Birungi chasing away Hits FM journalist, Everest Mpamizo from the meeting

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Journalists in Fort Portal have been blocked from a meeting between Operation Wealth Creation-OWC Chief Coordinator, Gen Salim Saleh, and district leaders from Bunyangabu and Kabarole. 

The leaders in the meeting with General Saleh on Friday included Defence Minister Adolf Mwesige who represents Bunyangabu County in Parliament. Others were MPs Alex Ruhunda of Fort Portal Municipality and Margaret Muhanga of Burahya County, Fort Portal Mayor Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga, and Margaret Kihika, the Deputy LC 5 chairperson Kabarole district among others.

The leaders who met at the District headquarters were discussing an industrial policy for the Agro-industrial Park that was launched recently in Kabarole district.

 

However, when journalists turned up to cover the event, they were thrown out by Captain Dick Birungi, the personal assistant to General Saleh.

"You have not been invited, you go and get permission from the Chief Administrative Officer," Birungi said.

When the journalists went to the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer -ACAO, Michael Kisembo, he said that they were not needed at the meeting. 

 

Festus Bandeba, the deputy Resident District Commissioner Kabarole, says that the journalists were blocked because they have been misreporting about General Saleh's activities in the Rwenzori region.

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Mayor Muhanga condemned the act saying that Gen Saleh is in the area for development purposes, which is in the interest of the public. 

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Last month, the Kabarole RDC Steven Asiimwe summoned radio managers and warned them against hosting panelists who are critical of General Saleh's activities in the region.  This was after Saleh signed several memorandums of understanding with leaders in the region.

The signing of the MOUs has remained an issue of debate in the region, as most of the contents were initially not made public. 

On October 31, Kabarole councilors told the district Chairperson Richard Rwabuhinga that they did not understand the contents of the MoUs that were being signed. 

Gen Saleh has been in Kabarole district for over three months and has met different leaders in the region. In all the meetings, he has told those in attendance that he wants to make the region a model for implementing OWC programs.