Fort Portal Radio Panelists' Homes Searched

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Police detectives in Fort Portal have this morning searched the homes of two detained radio panelists and the offices of Twerwaneho Listeners’ Club. The search comes after they were arrested on Monday for allegedly defaming First Lady Janet Museveni.

Police detectives in Fort Portal have this morning searched the homes of two detained radio panelists and the offices of Twerwaneho Listeners’ Club.

At 10:30am detectives from the crime intelligence unit at Fort Portal police station, removed Gerald Kankya and Simon Amanyire from the police cells and took them to the offices of Twerwaneho located at Kakiiza road in Boma. However, the third panelist, Gilbert Kayondo was left in the cells.

At the offices, the search lasted for about one and a half hours, while anti- riot police guarded the gate of the offices.  

After the search police detectives emerged from the offices with two computers and documents in a file, which they took to the Ruwenzori region criminal investigations offices. The detectives then proceeded to Amanyire’s home on Mugurusi road in Fort Portal town.

After a 30-minute search, carried documents in a box and went to Kankya’s home at Maguru, along the Fort-Portal-Kasese road where they spent another thirty minutes. They took away two laptops from the home.  

They were then taken back to Fort Portal police station where they spent the night after being arrested on Monday.

Asked why the offices and homes were searched, Bakari Muga, the Ruwenzori Region police spokesperson, who was also part of the search team, told Uganda Radio Network that police received intelligence reports that some members of Twerwaneho were engaged in subversive activities.

He however refused to disclose the kind of subversive activities they are engaged in.

Muga also says that Kankya and Amanyire are alleged to have embezzled more than 400 million shillings for the club and they also forged signatures of some members.

The searches come after they were arrested on Monday for allegedly defaming First Lady Janet Museveni.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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