Crime & Investigation

Man Accused of Using Facebook to Fuel Itesot-Japhadola Conflict Arrested

Police in Tororo have arrested a radio presenter for posting offensive messages on his Facebook page with an aim of fueling tribalism.

The arrested has been identified as Andrew Ofumbe, a radio presenter on 100.2 Lira FM.

Police in a statement said that the arrested is responsible for a series of offensive Facebook posts about Itesots and Japhadola in Tororo district that stimulate tribal sentiments.

“Following a report of a series of offensive online posts relating to the two rival tribes from a Facebook page alleged to be belonging to 100.2 Lira FM, an investigation was sanctioned by UCC,” said police in a statement.

Police added that after some period, they traced the Facebook page and discovered that it belonged to the arrested suspect.

“He is to be arraigned in court and charged with offensive communication with intent to cause tribal hatreds,” police revealed.

In the statement, the security agency also sent out a warning to the public and media to desist from the acts of offensive communication.

“We hope that the arrest of this individual sends a clear message that police will not tolerate any form of activity which could incite hatred and provoke offensive comments on social media,” police warned.

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