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LIRA CRISIS: Radio Unity Workers Rearrested 

Eight workers of the closed radio Unity FM Lira have been rearrested and detained at Central Police Station Lira.

The eight workers mostly from the marketing department of the station  including: Odongo Charles, Ogwang Felix, Ogwang Michael, Alwala Charles, Emmy Okello, Opio Ken, Engola Okello Junior and Eleng Ambrose were given police bond on Monday evening after spending two days in detention.

Lira DPC, Joel Tubanone reportedly told the colleagues of the rearrested radio workers that President Museveni was “personally interested” in the case of harassment of Indians.

The now incarcerated gentlemen had gone to the CPS to report as per terms of the bond given to them on Monday evening.

State Ministers for Internal Affairs, Obiga Kania confirmed the development on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday.

“A total of eight suspects were arrested from Radio Unity, three were released immediately as they were not workers, detaining five workers of the station. They are being investigated for inciting violence,” said Kania.

The total number of detained radio Unity workers remains 8.

Their first arrest was made on Saturday evening by heavily armed police officers who forcefully entered the premises of Unity FM and also shut it down without any communication from Uganda Communications Commission which is the industry regulator.

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Minister Kania explained on the floor that the closure is a temporary security measure.

“The District Security Committee took a decision to temporarily halt it (radio Unity) from airing its broadcasts given the volatile security situation in Lira and Kole districts,” said Kania.

 

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