Angry Congolese Bishop Sues Uganda Radios

The Emeritus Bishop of North Kivu Diocese in Democratic Republic of Congo Rt. Rev. Enoch Kayeeye has issued notices of intention to sue Voice of Kigezi 89.5 FM, check price Freedom radio, this web all based in Kabale and Uganda Radio Network, erectile for defamation.

Through his lawyers M/s Twikirize & company advocates, Kayeeye alleges that “on January 30, 2015, in VOK subsequent bulletins of 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, and 10:00 pm respectively in English and Runyankole-Rukiga language, aired false information and unsubstantiated news which contained allegations to the effect that the Bishop has grabbed a house allegedly belonging to a widow known as Evas Habaasa.”

In a notice dated February 9, the Bishop quoted the radios as reporting that the widow had sued him at Kabale Chief Magistrate’s court.

He maintains the broadcast news “was annoying, offensive and embarrassing; false, fabricated and completely unsubstantiated.”

Kayeeye’s lawyers contend the news was “only aimed at boosting listenership and publicly disgracing and demeaning the bishop among the right thinking members of society.”

He therefore demanded an “immediate halt of the airing of the said false, defamatory and unsubstantiated stories against the bishop,” adding, “there should be a retraction of the said defamatory allegations against the bishop through the issuance of public apology to the bishop, broadcast and aired on air and it should be given the same prominence that was given to the said defamatory news item.”

The Bishop also demanded issuance of a written apology on the official letterhead of the radio stations within three days or face a court battle.

Meanwhile, in the notice addressed to URN and Freedom radio, the bishop is demanding Shs 500milion shillings for damages.


URN Kigezi region Bureau chief Anthony Kushaba said the Bishop has a right to seek legal redress if he felt offended by the story.

He clarified that the legal notice handed to URN contains a complaint from the Bishop’s son, Timothy Kayeye Twikirize.

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