Crime & Investigation

Journalist Joy Biira Detained at Kasese Police Station

Kenya-based Ugandan journalist Joy Doreen Biira remains in detention, ed over 12 hours after being arrested in the troubled Kasese District.

Biira, online who spent the better part of Sunday sharing live updates on the storming of King Wesley Mumbere’s palace by UPDF commandos, this was picked from her uncle’s residence.

His brother Geoffrey Baluku tells ChimpReports that Biira was arrested alongside five other people.

They are all detained at Kasese Central Police Station.

“That she is being held for taking pictures of part of our beloved Rwenzururu Palace after it was torched,” said Baluku.

Biira has been in Uganda for her traditional marriage ceremony.

Her mother said she was picked by men wearing military uniform.

Before her detention, Biira expressed sadness at “what I’ve witnessed today with my own eyes — part of the palace of the kingdom I’m from, the Rwenzururu kingdom, burning down. It felt like watching your heritage deplete before my eyes.”


She said word on the ground was that “there have allegedly been recruitments ongoing in exceeds of 1,000 men with a motive not yet crystal clear.”

Biira further stated that the heavy gun fire/battle exchange between the army and the royal guards that lasted over 2 hours this afternoon, was apparently after negotiations didn’t bear fruit.

“Thing is men have been killed. Not just men but possibly bread winners of families from both sides – the army and royal guards.

Importantly I have watched part of my heritage burn up in flames from nearby,” she added.

It’s understood Biira’s close relations are high ranking members in the Rwenzururu Kingdom.

“Where did it all go wrong? Why the killings? Why the rage? Why the stubbornness? Why the ignorance? Why the thirst for bloodshed?” she wondered.

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