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LIRA VIOLENCE: Unity Fm Staff Charged with Inciting Violence

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

The eight men are Charles Odongo, Felix Ogwang, Michael Ogwang, Charles Alwala, Emmy Okello, Ken Opio, Engola Okello Junior and Ambrose Eleng 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 the charges of inciting violence and related accusations.

The security situation in Lira town drastically escalated on Saturday evening when news of 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.

The injured were airlifted from Alito and Lira town to Mulago National Referral Hospital for better medical attention.


Most of them were shot in the leg, save for Nelson Ojok who got serious injuries on his buttocks.

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


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