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Journalist in Trouble for Pinning Gov't Over Apac-Kitgum Road

Richard Ekotu, the Manager Voice of Lango FM, says neither Aliga nor any of his staff was arrested. Veteran journalist and Chairperson Lango United Journalist Association, Hudson Apunyu asks police to concentrate on criminals instead of arresting journalists who are following up on government programs.
Sam Brunos Aliga, a news anchor and journalist at Voice of Lango FM in Lira district is in trouble for allegedly implicating government and president, Yoweri Museveni in particular for alleged failing to tarmac Apac-Kitgum road. 

Aliga was picked up by Police on Wednesday for airing a story in the 7am bulletin showing that Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA had contracted M/S Tegeka Enterprises limited to maintain the 91.8 kilometer road for three years at Shillings 10.3 billion yet Museveni had promised to tarmac it in the 2016/17 financial year.

He was charged with defaming government contrary to section 179 of the penal code act under CRB 2626/2016 and released on bond. Emmanuel Mwaka Lutukomoi, the Lira Resident Commissioner, says Aliga was only invited to make a statement at Lira Central Police Station regarding the story he anchored and was held briefly before he was released. 

He says Aliga's arrest was prompted by unspecified complaints filled at Lira Central Police Station regarding the negative media comments on government institutions. Lutukomoi advises journalists to stick to professionalism to avoid clashing with the law. 

However, Richard Ekotu, the Manager Voice of Lango FM, says neither Aliga nor any of his staff was arrested. Veteran journalist and Chairperson Lango United Journalist Association, Hudson Apunyu asks police to concentrate on criminals instead of arresting journalists who are following up on government programs.

According to Apunyo, the conduct of the police is intended to intimidate journalists and divert them from following up stalled government programs and Presidential pledges. He urges journalists to stand form and continue pointing out facts provided they have evidence to back their stories. Some of the pending presidential pledges in Lango region include the construction of John Akii Bua memorial stadium, Olweny rice scheme and Uganda Technical College Lira.

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