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KTN anchor arrested in deadly Kasese clashes

By DAVID KWALIMWA November 28th, 2016 1 min read

A Kenyan-based Ugandan journalist has been arrested by the Ugandan army, reportedly for highlighting the ongoing Kasese clashes on social media.

KTN’s Joy Doreen Biira was reportedly picked by operatives on Sunday evening. She was arrested alongside her husband and three friends.

According to media reports, the business news anchor had visited her home town which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo for her traditional wedding.

Ms Biira is said to uploaded a photo of her home town palace on fire. It had been set ablaze during the clashes between the Ugandan army and armed sympathisers of the local Kingdom.


The area’s King has reportedly been arrested and flown to Kampala.

It is not clear, however, where the police are holding Ms Biira and on what charges.

Journalists have launched an online campaign to secure her released with a hashtag #FreeJoyDoreen on Twitter.

The Daily Monitor is reporting that at least 60 people gave died in the two-day clashes, among them 14 police officers.

The fighting is said to be caused by the intent of the Kasese residents to demand for their own republic, claiming they have been sidelined by the Ugandan government for long.