Nairobi News


Ugandans angry at arrest of journalists at Besigye’s residence

A video of Ugandan journalists being bundled into a police vehicle has gone viral eliciting mixed reactions among citizens in the east African country.

The incident that was captured on live television has angered citizens who are accusing President Yoweri Museveni’s government of infringing on rights.

In the video, NBS reporter Elijah Turyagumanawe reports live from outside the residence of opposition leader Kizza Besigye and minutes later he is arrested and bundled into a police vehicle.

The video shows the reporter and other journalists being driven to the nearby Kasangati police station and eventually the reporter is forced into a cell where he continues to report while off camera until the feed goes off air.

Among the journalists arrested were two employees of Nation Media’s Daily Monitor newspaper where reporter Eriasa Sserunjogi and Abubaker Lubowa, a photo journalist, were picked from near Dr Besigye’s home.

The journalists were keeping tabs on the developments at the home that is under police siege.

The journalists were  released later on Saturday.

Arrests and intimidation of journalists has become a norm in the east African country since the recently concluded general elections.

On February 22, 2016, photojournalist Isaac Kasamani of AFP was pepper-sprayed by police while taking pictures of the arrest Dr Besigye at his residence in Wakiso District.

The Committee to Protect Journalists on February 17, 2016 sent out a statement demanding for the release of a radio presenter who had been arrested while in the studio. Police are said to have stormed  the studios of, Radio North FM in the northern Ugandan city of Lira the night of February 13 and arrested radio journalist Richard Mungu Jakican in the middle of his talk show.