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Senior Talk-show Host Basajja Mivule Arrested Over Sectarian Videos

Police have Monday morning arrested yet another person in connection with spreading sectarian messages in the media.

The Police Crime Intelligence officers in the morning hours raided the Ntinda-based Baba TV station, where they picked up senior journalist Basajja Mivule.

He was led to a waiting van by armed officers, and driven off to an unknown place.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga confirmed the arrest while addressing reporters in Kampala.

Enanga said Muvule had been “recording and spreading videos which promote sectarianism.”

He added that these videos were being scrutinized and that the journalist would be charged accordingly.

In one of the videos he posted on Facebook just hours before his arrest, Mivule said he hated “these people” because they were doing the same things that dictators Idi Amin and Milton Obote were doing.

In another video, he said government should come out and comment on the concerns about nepotism that are emerging among Ugandans.

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“The media center is there. If there is a concern, come out and explain, because even if you arrest Basajja Mivule, the rest of the people will still have the same thinking that there is segregation.”

Speaking at the same press conference today, however, Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said Government was stepping up efforts to contain further spread of divisive messages in the media.

“We want to implore you the media and the politicians, that the government is going to be very decisive, very firm with anyone resurrecting sectarianism tendencies,” Opondo said.

The arrest comes just three days after Police arrested four employees of Radio Simba in Kampala over the same accusations.

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