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Police Raid: KFM, Dembe Switched Off :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Police Raid: KFM, Dembe Switched Off

Two radio stations belonging to Nation Media Group have now been put off air as the police continue with the search at the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper offices in Kampala. KFM broadcasting on frequency 93.3 FM and Dembe FM that broadcasts on 94.3 have just gone off air.

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Two radio stations belonging to Nation Media Group have now been put off air as the police continue with the search at the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper offices in Kampala. KFM broadcasting on frequency 93.3 FM and Dembe FM that broadcasts on 94.3 have just gone off air.

 

Patrick Kanyomozi, a journalist at KFM told Uganda Radio Network that police detectives ordered the radio off air saying they were given instructions from above to do so.

 

Kanyomozi did not, however, give the name of the officers. Richard Linga, the Head of Broadcasting at Monitor Publications, could not return repeated calls from URN. The two radio stations are housed in the same building as the Daily Monitor newspaper.

Godfrey Mutabaazi, the Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) says his organisation is not involved but that UCC and Broadcasting Council were informed of the raid at Daily Monitor.

 

Police this morning surrounded the Monitor Publications in Namuwongo and Red Pepper offices in Namanve as the General David Sejusa story continued to put government and the media on a collision path. The staff inside the offices are not allowed to get out while those outside are not allowed inside.

 

The two media houses have been covering extensively contents of a letter written by General Sejusa, the Coordinator of intelligence Services in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces.

 

In the letter, Sejusa commonly known as David Tinyefuza asks the security services to investigate allegations that some military and political leaders in the country are being targeted for assassination for opposing what has come to be known as the Muhoozi Project. The project is in reference to President Yoweri Museveni’s alleged plan to have his son succeed him when he retires.

 

For over a week, police have been pushing the Daily Monitor to surrender a copy of the letter and disclose the source of the letter written by General Sejusa. At the time the contents of the letter written on April 29 came out, Sejusa was out of the country and he is yet to return.

 

Now their offices as well as those of The Red Pepper are surrounded by armed police.

 

Judith Nabakooba, the Police Spokesperson says police have a warrant from court authorising them to conduct a search for documents they hope to use in their investigations.

 

Ann Abeja, the Monitor Publications Company Secretary says the top management of the newspaper, including the board that was already at the offices for a scheduled meeting, are currently discussing the way forward.  

 

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