LIRA: Radio Unity Workers Released

Eight workers of the closed radio Unity FM Lira have been released from Lira Central Police Station.

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.

They were arrested on Saturday evening by a police team sent by Lira DPC, Joel Tubanone acting on the orders of Lira RDC, Milton Odongo.

The heavily armed police officers who forcefully entered the premises of Unity FM also shut it down without any communication from Uganda Communications Commission which is the industry regulator.

The eight have been slapped with charges of inciting violence.

The security situation in Lira town drastically escalated on Saturday evening when news of a fracas at the burial of late Dicken Okello in Alito sub county, Kole district reached the sub-region’s capital.

The UPDF quickly reinforced police to subdue the accumulation of violent street kids and angry mob targeting Asians and their businesses.

Five critically injured persons from Alito and Lira town were evacuated to Mulago National Referral Hospital for better medical attention.


Most of them had been has serious gunshot wounds.

Calm has relatively resumed in the northern town though shops owned by Asians remain closed.


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