Radio Panelists Out on Bond

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In short
They were picked up and charged with inciting violence, defamation and spreading harmful propaganda.

The three radio panelists in Fort portal, who were picked up by police on Monday, are out on bond. They are Gerald Kankya, Simon Amanyiire and Gilbert Kayondo. They were picked up and charged with inciting violence, defamation and spreading harmful propaganda. The trio was released on Wednesday afternoon by Lawrence Okello, the acting Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigation Department Kabarole in the presence of their lawyers Johnson Musana and Victor Businge.

Police alleges that while on Hits FM and Better FM radio stations the suspects incited the people of Ntoroko district to rise up against the first son, Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba and chase him out of Tooro Semuliki game reserve. They are also alleged to have referred to the First Lady and Minister of Karamoja Affairs, Janet Museveni as a thief who had embezzled funds meant for post-war resettlement activities in Northern Uganda.

Kankya and Amanyire are also alleged to have embezzled more than 400 million shillings for Twerwaneho listeners club and forged signatures of some members. On Tuesday, police searched the homes of the suspects and offices of Twerewanho at Boma. Before the suspects were released, their supporters were planning to stage a peaceful demonstration at Fort Portal police station against their continued detention beyond the 48 hour deadline.


About the author

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.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.